Sales of Battery Electric Cars In France Rose By 50% in 2013

JAN 15 2014 BY MARK KANE 12

Renault ZOE

Renault ZOE

Electric car sales have been on the rise in most markets for a few years in a row.

In France, we see sales up 50% last year versus 2012.

In total, 13,954 new battery-electric cars were registered in France in 2013, from which 8,779 were passenger cars (up 55%) and 5,175 light commercial vans (up 42%).

Comparing this number to the 1,790,473 registrations of passenger cars and 367,331 LCVs in France in 2013, we see market share for BEVs of 0.49% and 1.4% on average for the year.

Renault is the leader in its home market with almost 63% of market share in the passenger EV segment (thanks to 5,511 ZOEs sold) and over 80% in electric LCVs (thanks to 4,174 Kangoo Z.E.s sold).

Nissan had a strong December (166 LEAFs) and finished in a strong second place overall with 1,438 LEAFs sold in France in 2013. Bollore was third with 658 Bluecars. Electric smart jumped to fourth reaching almost 500 (478) after 100 and 130 were sold in November and December respectively.

In 2013, Mia sold 201, Peugeot iOn 178, Citroen C-Zero 80, Mitsubishi i-MiEV 38, so a total of 296 for the triplets. The BMW i3 ended 2013 with just 68 units sold and Volkswagen e-up! surged to 64 thanks to 40 sold last month.

Renault Fluence Z.E. with 18 is one unit above Tesla Model S, which had just 17 (but this is more a joke than a comparison).

Thanks to our reader Benoit (hat tip!!!) we also know that “quadricycles” like the Renault Twizy sold 855 units in France last year.

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12 Comments on "Sales of Battery Electric Cars In France Rose By 50% in 2013"

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Extremely disappointing numbers considering the fact that the very nice Renault Zoe only costs €13K in France after subsidies. Maybe the battery rental scheme just doesn’t catch on or maybe people just find it more convenient to opt for one of the many small super economical diesels on offer.

People do not like to buy short range EVs.

Bit more complicated than that.

That’s why Model S and Ampera sold so much more than Zoe….oh wait…

It’s weird. In countries where sales are a bit pokey or reducing, EVs are no longer crutched by high prices or range anxiety (lack of charging infrastructure), there’s usually one reason. Awareness. Europe doesn’t have the National Plug-In day in the US that gets thousands of “Butts in Seats”. There’s not much supportive and more importantly active governments like Washington or Norway and The Netherlands over here which are well aware of the potential importance they have. The only awareness and promotion most EVs get that I see (Irish and mainly UK) aren’t informative and reviews of EVs in newspapers are constantly the ones that always have the concluding paragraph of “What if”, “Apartments”, “stranded” and all of the 3 year old BS we’ve heard that EVs overcame but very few of those authors acknowledge even a map of charging stations in their country. Such reviews are not comparable to a review they’ve done with an ordinary diesel hatch. After 3 years since the LEAF and i-MiEV were introduced, they still prod at newer EVs with a long broom from a distance, perched high from the floor, curious to see what could go awry. Worse, some of those old reviews… Read more »

I agree, awareness is low here in europe.
Weird, considering the fuel prices, but then again, cars are more expensive.
For the difference to us prices, you can absorb higher fuel prices for years.

They need a non-battery rental sales option for the Zoe. That would move more product.

I thought thats aready possible…

Yeah, still on the underwhelming side. France has got to get those numbers up since their gasoline is so expensive and they have massive amounts of excess night-time electricity generation capacity from their nuclear fleet. C’mon France, you can massively reduce your oil usage if you try a little harder.

I really like the Twizzy, but I can only give 1 first lady a ride at a time. (ha.. pun)

One more detail regarding the ZOE, something I didn’t think of yet :

My sister and her husband own their house. They have several cars. They’re the perfect target for the ZOE.

My sister wanted to replace her own car lately and considered the ZOE (to my great surprise I must say, she’s probably the least interested person in green development, that says something on the trend unfolding here).

Problem : the garage being not attached to the house, and the power being too low for the mandatory charger installation, she was told it was necessary to install a power cable between the house and the garage ; estimation : € 3000 . Goodbye ZOE.

There are surely many stories like this one ; but I’m convinced Renault will win its bet eventually with the development of the infrastructure.

Numbers seem wrong: when i count all the “all BEV”-Bars there seem to be only about 9.000 BEV not around 13.000

(You might have added the Zoe-Bars to the all-BEV-Bars?)