The French car market was significantly affected by the coronavirus lockdown in March, which translated into a massive 72% collapse of new cars.
Plug-in electric car sales were less affected and a small growth of 12% was noted in March to 7,740. That's roughly half of the records from January and February.
Plug-in car sales in France – March 2020
The number of 7,318 passenger plug-in cars represents about 11.7% of the total passenger car market (a new high).
- Passenger BEVs: 5,510 (up 19%), at 8.8% of the market
- Passenger PHEVs: 1,808 (up 19%), at 2.9% of the market
- Light commercial BEVs: 422 (down 47%)
- Total plug-ins: 7,740 (up 12%)
Sales after the first three months:
- Passenger BEVs: 25,914 (up 146%)
- Passenger PHEVs: 9,507 (up 143%)
- Light commercial BEVs: 1,801 (down 9%)
- Total plug-ins: 37,222 (up 126%)
Renault ZOE with 1,744 new registrations was (as usual) the top-selling passenger plug-in car (and once again one of the tops regardless of the powertrain).
However let's take a look at the Tesla Model 3, which with 1,385 new registrations (a new all-time record) was actually not that far behind the ZOE. Model 3 turned outed to be also the #14 best selling model for the month (#2 foreign), while the Tesla brand jumped to #10.
Third place falls on the Peugeot e-208 (756), but the French manufacturer was not able to match its January and February rate of 2,500 units per month it seems.
Detailed numbers of plug-in car registrations were provided by L’Avere-France: