Plug-In EV Market Share In France Crosses A Record 2% In September!

OCT 22 2017 BY MARK KANE 16

Plug-in car registrations in France – September 2017

France’s plug-in vehicle market share hit a new record in September, crossing the 2% mark for the first time (2.1%).  About 1 in every 48 new light vehicles purchased in the country came with a plug.

And as we recently reported, there a lot more public charging locations to plug into, as France also passed 20,000 charging stations (details) during the month.

Renault ZOE

New registrations of plug-in passenger vehicles hit 3,556 units (+560 commercial BEVs), which isn’t a new net record (4,521 were sold in June, good for a 1.73% market share), but the fast growth year-over-year translates to a rapidly expanding market share.

September stats:

  • Passenger BEVs: 2,432 registrations (up 37.8%) at ≈1.4% market share (PC)
  • Passenger PHEVs: 1,124 registrations (up 44%) at ≈0.6% market share (PC)
  • Light commercial BEVs: 560 registrations (up 12%)

Once again, the Renault ZOE keeps all other plug-ins well in its rear view mirror, holding down more than half of the entire BEV market share (1,267 and 52% passenger BEVs in September).

Below: Enjoy some charted plug-in data for France

Plug-in car registrations in France – September 2017

Plug-in car registrations in France – September 2017

Plug-in car registrations in France – September 2017

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16 Comments on "Plug-In EV Market Share In France Crosses A Record 2% In September!"

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2% here, 40% in Norway; well the refineries should be starting to feel the pinch!

What pinch? Transportation fuel use is growing in most countries and where it’s dropping it’s not because of EVs but because of generally more efficient cars.

In Norway it’s possible that fuel use MIGHT go down in 2017, but if so it will be with slightest of margins and will not be confirmed as a trend until at the earliest 2018.

Yeah, and that’s oil has been sitting around $50 a barrel for years, because of increasing demand.

It has been at $50 / barrel because of OPEC supply games. They are regretting it, but they have to finish the game. Once they cut supply rates, which were designed to destroy the profitability of shale oil, which didn’t happen (American ingenuity, FTW), that’s when the fun begins. It is one thing to lose refining capacity due to environmental disasters, but entirely another to have the raw material costs go up by 100%. I can see the OPEC nations are already feeling the pressure to maintain production/mining rates, and a few straggler nations are feeling the pinch, but this is their last long game. Some time in 2018, things should change on the price of oil. When the price parity emerges between ICE and EV vehicles, due to the drop in battery prices, that means people will have a choice not driven by purchase price. Already, cost-conscious Europeans get the difference and GM is feeling more demand than they can handle. However, at the end of the day, Mary Barra is right about one thing: China is the market that will make or break their business.

Hi Mikael.
It would be interesting to have some sources for what you say.
I searched a bit a found official data for the whole of EU (EU-28) not for fuels for transport but, even more interesting, at the end, for total fuels consumption for all purposes (including electricity production, so quite a bit different thing from what you mention, of course).
Concerning total petroleum products, consumption in the EU went down from 580.7 (million tonnes of oil equivalent) in 2004 to 468.7 in 2014. So more than a 19% drop.
So, refineries, I don’t know – might be searching a bit more – but definitely oil companies are already in bad shape. And much more so considering how strongly China is bent on reducing oil imports, also supporting enormously EVs.
If refineries are not yet feeling the pinch, I bet they soon will.

It’s true that in China almost all new car sales are adding to the fleet, rather than replacing it. So oil imports for transport will continue to go up in the coming years, but the medium term scenario looks much brighter.

Well… Yes and no. The BEV’s sales are going up with a much higher speed/percentage than ICE’, therefore their market share is increasing.

I am also betting the new cars have far better fuel mileage than the older cars.

IE. A 50% increase in cars will not cause a 50% increase of gas use.

Thank you, kind sir. Comments that include proof of statement are the best kind, yet tend to be impossible to come across, almost like running into a unicorn in the wild 😉

That’s for the Norwegian.

Oil consumption is going down in the EU as a whole, not because of EVs. We are talking 14% down from the highest point and about the same levels as in 1990.
So if we are looking at specific regional refineries then they might be in a pinch, but not the industry as a whole.

And globally it’s going up.

No. France is catching up with the UK on market share 🙁

Already to late.

..and for the literally challenged:

“…and for the literally challenged:”


Sometimes I get the feeling that RTFM is already outdated. Do they already use WTFYT (watch the f… YouTube tutorial) out there?

I’m too old. Most likely there is already an emoticon for that…

Goodbye written conversation!