September Plug In Vehicle Sales in France – Nissan LEAF Shines


2013 LEAF

2013 LEAF

Renault Zoe

Renault Zoe

As we concluded last month, France seems to be losing its first place in Europe in terms of EV market size.

In September, sales of passenger EVs grew slightly to 644 units, which is up over 50% compared to a poor result for EVs in August.

The whole EV segment (not counting electric delivery vans and Twizys) accounted for 0.45% of over 142,000 vehicles sold in September..

Renault ZOE had another slow month with only 302 registrations, but hopefully will grow after adding hundreds of free charging points and an additional EVSE cable for charging from a domestic socket.

Renault, as always, found some good things to say:

“Renault remained the leader in the electric vehicle market, for PCs and LCVs alike. Nearly 4,500 ZOEs had already been registered at end-September.”

That’s okay, but the car that stole the show in September in France was the Nissan LEAF that again set its own sales record there with 177 registrations.

Best of the rest is the Bollore Bluecar with 70 registrations, probably mostly for new carsharing programs. Peugeot iOn was at 27, Citroen C-Zero 11, and Mitsubishi i-MiEV 12.

Mia’s small electric had 26 registrations and the smart frotwo electric drive just 19.

In September, nobody registered the reasonably priced Ford Focus Electric, nor did the battery swappable Renault Fluence Z.E. book any sales.

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The Fluence ZE might be battery swappable in theory – but I don’t think there are any swap stations in France… or are there?

No. BetterPlace had them build in Israel and Denmark only.

As far as I know there are no exchange battery swap stations in usage anywhere in Europe.

I think the Socket issue of the Zoe have maybe moved people to buy a Leaf instead. Anyway total sales for the company are good. Would be interested to know how Plug In hybrids like the Volt and Prius are doing in France as well.

I still dont get it with the Socket issue. As I understand Zoe, Leaf, Tesla, BMW i3, Volt have all different socket connectors? Can I charge them anywhere? This confusing issue makes me still keeping away from going 100% electric. This should be as easy to understand and available as fueling now gasoline or diesel.

All of these have a type 2 Mennekes sockets which allows AC charging. Leaf with Chademo and i3 with CCS offer a second socket for DC quickcharge.

The difference is the speed that allows this type 2 socket to recharge the batteries.
Leaf, i3 and Volt type 2 sockets allow recharging on one phase which is quite slow whereas Zoe offers 3 phase quickcharging on AC and Tesla quickcharge with the Supercharger system with the same type 2 socket.

Most, but the Zoe also offer an adapter to plug to household sockets (Schuko in Germany 220V) which is the slowest possibility to recharge. The electricity flows from the household sockets are too little for the internal Zoe charger so that so far no adapter is offered and you always need a wallbox or public charger to charge the car.

Renault launched a new ZOE home charge cable at the Frankfurt show:


What I don’t understand is that Europe has $9.00 a gallon gas and I have seen this for real and yet the US has $3.00 and $4.00 and yet several our states for example like Georgia easily buy up more EV’s in one sitting then one or two of these more populated European Counties combined.

Well first Europeans are slower in reaction time (the cell phone adoption sigmoid was much steeper which mean slow reaction time but sudden global burst afterwards), second a lot of them live in apartments or in houses that don’t have a garage (which make it harder to charge at home), third their average revenue is half that in the US (actually about proportional to latitude), fourth they tend to be short sighted which makes a big font investment EV look like a bad deal, fifth gasoline rates may be double that in the US but so are electricity rates, sixth high KW house electric connections were on purpose made expensive by lobbying to avoid people switching from fuel heating to electric heating (which now has the supplemental effect of preventing high power availability for at home EV charging) (in France lobby made even mandatory to have a chimney in a new build house even if it was electric heated. It is hardly followed but nevertheless still stands in the rules). All this can explain why EV adoption is slower then what one would expect. This is in general of course and can vary from country to country and of even… Read more »

You failed to mention the most important influence on the take-up of EV’s (and new technology in general): the Silicon Valley culture. The sale of EV’s in the US mainly depends on that region.

Another factor is the availabilty of cheap diesel cars that have much lower running costs than petrol and thus negate a lot of the advantages of EV’s.

The ‘shortsightedness’ comment is of course bollocks. What to think about the US masses buying 10 mpg trucks as if oil supply is infinite?

It’s very strange for me too!! Why europe don’t run to EV… But i know why. they love to count every cent.