At first look, it seems that plug-in electric car sales in France grew, but there are huge disproportions between BEVs and PHEVs.

Renault ZOE

Renault ZOE

In total, some 3,801 plug-in cars were registered in February (up nearly 22% year-over-year).

February stats:

  • Passenger BEVs: 2,071 registrations (down 8.8%) at ≈1.2% market share (PC)
  • Passenger PHEVs: 1,090 registrations (up 138.5%) at ≈0.65% market share (PC)
  • Light commercial BEVs: 640 registrations (up 62.9%)
As you can see, all-electric cars decreased again (for the third month in a row), while plug-in hybrids moved up by more than 150% on average for the past four months.

For BEVs, only the light commercial vehicle segment improves its situation.

One of the reasons driving the overall BEV decrease is the 26% fall of Renault ZOE registrations to 1,155 - that's despite the number of orders apparently remaining high. Production shortages are leading to deliveries being delayed.

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On the other hand, Nissan is moving discounted old LEAFs quickly, achieving 306 registrations.

Passenger plug-in electric car registrations in France – February 2018

Passenger plug-in electric car registrations in France – February 2018

Passenger plug-in electric car registrations in France – February 2018

Passenger plug-in electric car registrations in France – February 2018