Plug-In Hybrid Car Sales Grow In France, All-Electric Decreases
The importance of plug-in hybrids in France increases compared to all-electric, as market demand for that type of powertrain notes significant growth.
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).
- 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).