Peugeot & Citroën Sold Just 8,000 EVs In 2018

FEB 17 2019 BY MARK KANE 14

8,000 doesn’t sound encouraging

PSA Group (which consists of Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Opel/Vauxhall) is in a transition process that will turn to electrification of the lineup, so ultimately all models will get some kind of electrified version.

The French group is on the beginning of the road and according to industry analyst Matthias Schmidt (, Peugeot & Citroën sold in 2018 just 8,053 all-electric cars (the result for Opel is probably even lower).

Here are the results for passenger and commercial BEVs:

With many new models (BEVs and PHEVs) coming within just a few years, we should see quick growth from such a low base. It’s hard to say whether 100,000 is possible before the end of 2020, but hopefully yes.

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2019 and 2020 will represent a huge change in numbers.

2019 won’t, but 2020 will be the first year of full availability of new PSA electric models. The first three will be DS 3 Crossback, Peugeot 208 and Opel Corsa. We don’t know about how much DS 3 Crossback can sell in a year since it’s a new model, but let’s say… around 60.000 in a year? Since it’s a slightly premium model. For easing off these estimates, I’ll consider the same percentage of EV sales for all three models, but probably it won’t exactly match reality. I would say 30%, for 2020, is a realistic estimate. So, for DS 3 Crossback we have 18.000 EV sales in 2020. Opel/Vauxhall Corsa sold around 279.000 units in 2016, decreasing in 2017 and 2018. Let’s say on an average year, this model can sell around 250.000 units. EV sales at 30% : 75.000 in 2020. Peugeot 208 global sales were 336.000 in 2016, probably 300.000 on average. So, EV sales could be 90.000 in 2020. Opel Mokka and Vivaro and Peugeot 2008, probably also a Citroen car (C3 maybe?), will add to the mix in late 2020. I put a 15% percentage of EV sales for these three cars because they won’t… Read more »

The DS 3 has a huge number of pre orders in Norway at least. The 208/Corsa will offer good value and should sell well in it’s segment. The Renault Zöe will of course offer competition.
I’m not sure of numbers. . Depends on how many they will make, at what price and some people need time for the ICE to EV transition.

Real pity the e-Mehari is so expensive. It’s the perfect car for holidays at a Mediterranean beach house.

It is a pity, and what else could we expect? It’s built off the Bolloré public sharing cars which were not meant to be built or sold affordibly. Some are still unsure if the e-Mahari has the molten 50C batteries the Bollorés had.

(one Q I have is whether any Ampera-e’s are included in that 8K total, but apparently not?)
At any rate, yes, PSA’s EV track record is pitiful so far, and they have a lot to catch up. Their larger cars will be PHEVs (C5 Aircross etc.), hopefully the real range will be decent: They originally talked about 60km AER for the 2020-launch C5 Aircross (without specifying under what testing cycle), now that’s down to 50km/31mi, which if it’s under WLTP, is a bit low. For a 2020 model , it should definitely be 60-70mi .

Opel stopped selling Ampera-e as soon as they were taken over by PSA.
So this is why there are no Ampera-e in the 2018 sales

My city in france bought 3 Peugeot partner. We will have 13 E.V and 1 phev of a total of 21 vehicles at the end of the year.

We are 12000 people.

Evs are very well suited for the activity of a city:
-Autonomy is enough.
-Costs are predictible
-No “waste” of gasoline.

I am so surprised that too many cities are still massively using diesel and Ices.

Well, they are ramping up slowly. 2018 are not overwhelming at all, but EVs are here to stay and the market grows significantly year by year.

I guess the will sell more than 16.000 this year, still not a lot of cars, but a clear direction towards more EVs.

PSA was very, very busy developing new cars and buying Opel/Vauxhall in this years. But I’m optimist about the group and they have planned some new EVs launches starting this year.

I belive they sell the numbers they want to..
Offer an electric long range affordable estate car or SUV here in Norway- you will easy sell 20k a year just in this small market

208 EV will sell like hotcakes..

They are licking diesel all along. Now that Tesla Model-3 has landed, they will get a run for the money.
And the iOn and CZero have a very low 100 km range which cannot be taken for many trips.

You need to understand how many manufacturers try to gain margins marketwisely by gloating over unachievable figures. Well, PSA is not one of them and they tend not to put over-ambitious figures. For example 0-60 figures for PSA is always measured when the car is occupied by 4 adults and luggage. So, unlike Tesla or German or competitors, when PSA that means that it will achieve 100km’s, it will achieve just that or more.