Published on August 2, 2020 |
by Dr Maximilian Holland
Aug 2, 2020 by Dr Maximilian Holland
In July 2020, the French market share for plug-in passenger vehicles reached 9.5%, compared to 2.5% in July 2019. The overall automotive market showed a continuous recovery, up 3.7% in July 2020 compared to July 2019. Top-selling plug-in vehicles included the Renault Zoe and the Peugeot e-208.
Plugin sales volume in July was 16,967, up from 4,258 in July 2019 – a massive 4 × growth in absolute sales.
The detailed breakdown of the July plugin vehicle share was 5.57% (9,967 units) full battery electric (BEV) and 3.91% (7,000 units) plug-in hybrid (PHEV). This is a slightly stronger growth in the share of PHEVs year over year. However, BEVs remain the most popular type of plugin.
Provisional CCPA data only gives overall model name sales for the month (“Peugeot 208”), excluding electric variants (“Peugeot e-208”). We can however identify that the Renault Zoe recorded a strong 3,834 French sales in July, not as high as the record surge in June (6,011 sales) but still above the average of the last few months, with 21,484 sales since the start. of the year. It can be estimated that the Peugeot e-208 should retain second place, with sales at about the same level as in June (which saw 2,127 sales), and around 11,000 sales to date.
Renault Zoe. Image courtesy Renault.
Tesla’s Model 3 surge peaked in June (620 units) due to the usual surge in end-of-quarter shipments and sales, and cooled to just 119 in July due to the lack of international shipments. The Model 3 maintains spot number 3 of the year to this day, with nearly 3,700 sales. Other popular models in France this year include the PSA cousins of the e-208, the DS Crossback EV and the Peugeot e-2008. The Hyundai Kona EV, Kia Niro EV and Nissan LEAF are also selling well.
We can expect French plugin sales to remain healthy throughout 2020. The Volkswagen ID.3 will appear in Europe primarily in the fourth quarter, and likely will primarily contribute to German plugin sales initially. This will likely see the production of Renault Zoe (which has been popular in Germany this year) funneled even more heavily into the French market, perhaps with modest price discounts.
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