So far, it is a Chinese car that is the best-selling electric car in France. Dacia Spring leads the dance with its hyper aggressive pricing. This allows the Renault group to feature prominently.
Electric car penetration is starting to slow down a bit in France. The PFA figures show that, cumulatively, Plug-in vehicles, whether electric or hybrid, are still gaining ground, but making less headway. PHEVs experience a drop in speed and trams go up, but less quickly than before. And we’re talking about market share here, not gross volumes that are obviously on the rise with an ever-increasing supply.
The French in force, Tesla slows down
In the category, the French continue well in France with the Renault/Peugeot duo representing 30% of the French market between them. Adding Dacia, which is part of the Renault Group, we reach 41%! The Romanian manufacturer is currently doing well with Primavera, even if the start of a model is often synonymous with exponential growth, before settling down. So we’ll be tracking sales of the cheapest electric car over the coming months and years before really deciding on its success.
Anyway, the Renault, Peugeot and Dacia’s dominance shows that the French are mainly choosing economy cars. Proof, if necessary, that national brands are not only popular in thermals, and that it is difficult for other manufacturers to compete. Although, it’s true, Tesla continues to hold a solid third place in the first five months of the year. But Tesla is currently losing a spot, as in 2021, the American was a solid second behind Renault. The logistics and production problems in China can therefore begin to be felt. And let’s not forget about Tesla’s various price hikes that could hurt it in France, where cheaper cars are popular. Model 3 deliveries under €40,000 were numerous in 2021but since it disappeared, the situation could change rapidly in the coming months for the Californian manufacturer.
Electric sales by brand
|Brand||Sales from January to May 2022||Change from 2021|
|BrandRenault||Sales from January to May 202212,647||Change from 2021+ 15.9%|
|BrandPeugeot||Sales from January to May 20229560||Change from 2021+ 1.1%|
|BrandYou are here||Sales from January to May 20228730||Change from 2021+7.6%|
|BrandDacia||Sales from January to May 20227878||Change from 2021/|
|Brandtrustee||Sales from January to May 20227159||Change from 2021+ 107.5%|
|BrandKia||Sales from January to May 20224133||Change from 2021+28.7%|
|Brandhyundai||Sales from January to May 20223768||Change from 2021+71.4%|
|Brandmini||Sales from January to May 20222196||Change from 2021+21.7%|
|BrandCitroen||Sales from January to May 20222065||Change from 2021+109.0%|
|BrandVolkswagen||Sales from January to May 20221939||Change from 2021– 44.3%|
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Electric sales by model
The very good performance of the electric Fiat 500 allows the Italian manufacturer to climb to the Top 5 of the brands. The 24 kWh small battery version is particularly popular with French customers, who made it the best-selling electric car in May 2022 and second in the first five months of the year, behind spring. The normally well-placed Renault Zoe is losing ground, down 18% from the same period in 2021. Also note the more than correct sales of the Mini Cooper SE, which remains simply the best-selling Mini!
|Model||Sales from January to May 2022||Change from 2021|
|ModelDacia Primavera||Sales from January to May 20227878||Change from 2021/|
|ModelFiat 500||Sales from January to May 20227079||Change from 2021+ 105.2%|
|ModelPeugeot e-208||Sales from January to May 20226852||Change from 2021– 5.3%|
|ModelTesla Model 3||Sales from January to May 20226757||Change from 2021– 16.4%|
|ModelRenault Zoe||Sales from January to May 20226077||Change from 2021– 18.4%|
|ModelRenault Twingo||Sales from January to May 20225625||Change from 2021+62.4%|
|ModelPeugeot e-2008||Sales from January to May 20222582||Change from 2021+ 20.3%|
|ModelHyundai Kona||Sales from January to May 20222438||Change from 2021+ 22.3%|
|ModelMini Cooper SE||Sales from January to May 20222196||Change from 2021+21.7%|
|ModelKia and Niro||Sales from January to May 20222151||Change from 2021– 24.7%|