In March 2020, the share of rechargeable electric cars in France almost reached 12%


The French car market was strongly affected by the coronavirus lockout in March, which resulted in a massive collapse of 72% of new cars.

Sales of plug-in electric cars were less affected and 12% growth was noted in March 7,740. It’s about half the records of January and February.

Rechargeable car sales in France – March 2020


Number of 7,318 rechargeable passenger cars represent approximately 11.7% of the total passenger car market (a new record).

  • Passenger BEV: 5.510 (+ 19%), at 8.8% of the market
  • PHEV passengers: 1.808 (+ 19%), at 2.9% of the market
  • Light commercial BEV: 422 (down 47%)
  • Total plug-ins: 7,740 (up 12%)

Sales after the first three months:

  • Passenger BEV: 25,914 (up 146%)
  • PHEV passengers: 9.507 (up 143%)
  • Light commercial BEV: 1.801 (down 9%)
  • Total plug-ins: 37,222 (up 126%)

* some data on the graphics are estimated


Renault ZOE with 1,744 the new registrations were (as usual) the best-selling passenger plug-in car (and again one of the peaks independent of the powertrain).

But let’s take a look at the Tesla Model 3, which with 1,385 the new registrations (a new historic record) were actually not that far behind the ZOE. Model 3 also turned out to be the # 14 best-selling model of the month (# 2 overseas), while the Tesla brand rose to # 10.

Third place goes to the Peugeot e-208 (756), but the French manufacturer could not match its January and February rate of 2,500 units per month it seems.

The interesting thing is 179 registrations and fifth place for the electric MINI (above Nissan LEAF).

L’Avère-France provided a detailed number of rechargeable car registrations:



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