Sales of rechargeable electric cars reach a record in France in June 2020

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France, after a weak April and a month not so bad in May, experienced an extraordinary June, which takes all the monthly statistics on sales of plug-in cars to new records.The total number of new plug-in car registrations is 22,630, several thousand above the previous monthly record, and up 231% Year after year.

All-electric passenger car registrations hit a record high (13,728), all-electric commercial car registrations hit a record high (1,596), and plug-in hybrid passenger car registrations soared (7,307).

By the way, the general market for passenger cars was 233,820 (up 1.2% year over year).

  • Passenger BEV: 13 728 (+ 205%), at 5.9% of the market
  • PHEV passagers: 7 307 (+ 446%), at 3.1% of the market
  • Light commercial BEV: 1 596 (up 63%)
  • Total des plug-ins: 22,630 (up 231%)
Sales since the start of the year:

  • Passenger BEV: 44 978 (up 114%)
  • PHEV passagers: 20,289 (up 158%)
  • Light commercial BEV: 3 893 (down 9%)
  • Total des plug-ins: 69,160 (up 108%)

* some data on the graphs are estimated

This is not the typical COVID-19 lock rebound. The main reason for such a big shoot-up seems to be the new incentive package for plug-ins (available by the end of 2020).

The package includes:

  • increase in the purchase bonus for 100% electric cars to € 7,000 for individuals (compared to € 6,000 previously) and to € 5,000 for fleets (compared to € 3,000); with a price cap of € 45,000
    BEVs whose price is between € 45,000 and € 60,000 can obtain a bonus of € 3,000.
  • Those who earn less than € 18,000 per year can also obtain an additional € 5,000 for the transition from ICE to BEV (new or used)
  • new bonus of € 2,000 for plug-in hybrids, but the EV range must be at least 50 km (31 miles) WLTP and the price must go up to € 50,000
  • support expansion of charging infrastructure (100,000 by the end of 2021)

In total, we could get € 12,000 ($ 13,550) for the purchase of an electric car. It is not strange that they sell like hotcakes. It would be difficult to find a better deal than switching to electricity.

By the way, leases get extremely cheap like a Kia Niro EV (e-Niro) for less than € 50 a month. See it with your own eyes here.

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The best-selling model was – of course – Renault ZOE with 6,012 massive new registrations (plus 400 more, registered as utility vehicles.

The second choice was its direct competitor – Peugeot e-208 (2,127 + 93 commercial), supported by Opel Corsa-e (300). Then we see strong sales of the Hyundai Kona Electric (620) and Tesla Model 3 (620).

The top van was Renault Kangoo ZE (778), while the best plug-in hybrid Peugeot 3008 PHEV (768).

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

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