Plug-In Hybrid Car Sales Grow In France, All-Electric Decreases

FEB 26 2018 BY MARK KANE 8

Plug-in electric car registrations in France – January 2018

The importance of plug-in hybrids in France increases compared to all-electric, as market demand for that type of powertrain notes significant growth.

Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine

In January, 2,892 plug-ins were registered (down 2.4%) in France. 956 of them were passenger plug-in hybrids, which increased by 140% year-over-year from just 399.

For comparison, passenger BEV sales decreased 39% to 1,375 (including 89 BMW i3 REx).

November stats:

  • Passenger BEVs: 1,375 registrations (up 39%) at 0.88% market share (PC)
  • Passenger PHEVs: 956 registrations (up 140%) at ≈0.61% market share (PC)
  • Light commercial BEVs: 561 registrations (up 75%)

Market share for passenger plug-ins in January amounted to roughly 1.5% (down form 1.73% year ago).

The big surprise in January was the Renault ZOE collapse by 61.5% to just 633 new registrations. Apparently, demand is still strong, but the French manufacturer wasn’t able to keep up with orders. On the other hand, the BMW i3 did well with 172 registrations.

Plug-in hybrids were led by the Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine (114) and Mercedes GLC (113).

Almost half of the light commercial BEVs were Renault Kangoo Z.E. (274).

Plug-in electric car registrations in France – January 2018

Plug-in electric car registrations in France – January 2018

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8 Comments on "Plug-In Hybrid Car Sales Grow In France, All-Electric Decreases"

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How is availability factored into sales reporting? I know in Canada that EVs don’t sit on the lots waiting for buyers but are preordered in advance and all are sold as they are delivered. Even in the used market our brokers have to go down to the US to find stock to bring north and sell as dealers can’t keep them stock.

These are deliveries, not sales.
The France market is “Build to order” and the sales for these deliveries occurred a few months back.
When their is an atypical drop in production, like Renault showed in January, their is a drop in deliveries.

What happened on the sales front in January will be known in three or for months.

Did overall car sales go down or up? Are people waiting for improved versions of Zoe and LEAF? Or was there really a shift away from EVs to buy more ICEs?

All electric is simply not a good deal! Those battery packs are too expensive still.

Agreed, I am hopeful of significant reductions in 2 or 3 years as solid-state batteries hit the market.

Why buy a BEV insted of a PHEV?
In Portugal why would you pay 45% more for a Tesla Model S 75D (93.250€) insted of a BMW 530e (64.339€), if you only drive 35 km per day? You can drive almost 80%, 90% of the time in full electric mode!

Well, because it is nonsense to carry the petrol motor and all the other stuff around. It can break down as well.

That’s why 35 BMW 530e were sold in January 2018 in Portugal and no Tesla was sold.