France: More Than 315,000 Plug-In Electric Cars Were Sold In 2021

Almost one in five new passenger cars was rechargeable.

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The French car market closed the year 2021 with over 1.65 million new registrations (about 0.5% more than in 2020).

However, the plug-in electric segment expanded significantly to over 315,000 units (up 62% year-over-year).

Let's first take a look at the December results. Last month, some 40,202 plug-in vehicles have been registered - new monthly record (up 8% year-over-year), including 38,658 passenger plug-ins and 1,544 commercial vehicles.

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Passenger plug-ins also set the fifth consecutive monthly record market share at almost 24.5%.

New plug-in vehicle registrations:

Plug-in car sales in France – December 2021

In 2021, over 315,000 new plug-ins were registered in France. That's 62% more than a year ago. The passenger plug-in car share increased to 18.3%.

Registrations year-to-date:

Only 14 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles were registered in 2021.

As we can see below, the last two years brought some serious volume to the plug-in segment.

According to our data, more than 780,000 plug-ins were sold in France since 2010, including almost 500,000 all-electric cars.

*some data on the charts are estimated


In December, the Tesla Model 3 was the top all-electric model with 3,959 units, followed by the Renault ZOE (3,332) and Dacia Spring (2,787).

It means that the Tesla Model 3 became the top passenger electric car in France in 2021, with a total of 24,911 units. It's another country conquered by the Model 3.

The Renault ZOE was #2 with 23,573 units - however, there were also 2,127 registrations for commercial purposes. It would mean that more ZOE were put on the road then the Tesla Model 3.

We are counting the Tesla Model 3 as the best-selling passenger car, because the commercial registrations are a different category. Similarly does Jose Pontes (EV Volumes data) in his report for EV Sales Blog and recently Cleantechnica.

The third best selling model was the Peugeot e-208 (17,859 + 1,090 commercial units).

The three top all-electric passenger models are:

The three top passenger  plug-in hybrid models are:

Detailed numbers of plug-in car registrations provided by L’Avere-France:

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