Plug-In Sales In France Increase By 7% In Febuary, Thanks Entirely To The Renault ZOE

MAR 23 2017 BY MARK KANE 4

Thanks entirely to Renault, the French plug-in electric car market grew by 7.4% last month to total 3,121 new registrations.

Renault ZOE

The growth would have be much higher, were it not for buyers of PHEVs and light commercial all-electric vehicles getting cold feet during February

  • Passenger BEVs: 2,271 registrations (up 19.6%) and 1.4% market share
  • Light commercial BEVs: 393 (down 13.6%)
  • Passenger PHEVs: 457 (down 17%) and 0.3% market share

No surprise, the major engine of growth in France for 2017, and this February, is the new longer-range Renault ZOE Z.E. 40, of which sales grew by 32% to 1,565, and alone holds 69% of total passenger BEV sales!

ZOE also does well with the Renault CLIO (ICE) in France, which is the brother of the ZOE (and best selling car in France). With that said, sales are now just 5.5-times higher.

The Nissan LEAF also had good month with 277 registrations, while Tesla has yet to find a way to crack the French market, noting just 55 Model S and 12 Model X deliveries.

Top selling model stats for February are included on a list below.

BEV Registrations in France – February 2017

Plug-In Car Registrations in France – February 2017 – passenger BEVs, commercial BEVs, passenger PHEVs (source: Avere-France / AAA data)

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4 Comments on "Plug-In Sales In France Increase By 7% In Febuary, Thanks Entirely To The Renault ZOE"

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Last year the first six months was very good for BEV. And this year the first two months are better for the Renault Zoé.

The BMW i3 without the REX option is great too. Before the 33kWh the BEV version is about 30% of the total sales. Now it’s about 45%, apparently people want more range with their BEV.

I was expecting more than 12 sales for the Ioniq, and that will give a hard time to the Leaf. But apparently I was wrong.
I can’t wait the arrival of the Opel Ampera-E.

Another (Euro) industrial point of view

About Ampera E, I would be cautiously pessimistic about it as we do not know what are the arrangements between PSA and GM regarding this car which is currently built in the US in a GM factory. Will the agreed price at which PSA will buy it from GM make it profitable to sell in France ? Or will it just be a “vitrine technologique” sold in small numbers ? Hard to say right now.

The below may or not be true, and, if so, the devil is in the details (time limit on licensing? Available to use in future models? How easy to manufacture in Europe?) etc.

It’s possible that GM does not see PSA as a threat, since for the most part they don’t operate in the same regions, once Opel will be sold off.

PSA have no intension at all to go to the North American market in the next decade.
PSA in dedicated to the European and Chinese market.
Opel/Vauxhall will help PSA in the European market. PSA will expand in India and South America in the next decade.
PSA have allready “Mules” for BEV. PSA is testing BEV on the road for 2 years now with their “Mules”.
The only vesion that is officially confirmed is the 50kWh battery.
But it will not be a suprise that PSA are preparing a ~62kWh and a ~75kWh for 2020-2022.
With Opel in their side, PSA have an entry door with LG Chem. It will be easier for PSA to have project with LG Chem now.