August’s best-selling electric car is a failed model

In August, French manufacturers are solid in terms of electric car sales. But Tesla is not far behind!

Renault Megane E-Tech

As we saw this morning, in Europe, Tesla has been scandalously dominating the electric car market since the beginning of the year, even if the American manufacturer has had a tougher summer than other brands. Now put the sales figures for the French market, compiled by AAA Data, dominated by Renault, Fiat and Dacia, a little different from what we knew last month.

Electric car sales in August

In first place we find the Renault Megane E-Tech, followed very closely by the Fiat 500 and the Dacia Spring which takes third place. Peugeot continues in the race with its e-208, followed by the Renault Twingo E-Tech in 5th place. It is closely followed by the Tesla Model Y, which outperforms the Peugeot e-2008. In the last three places we find the Hyundai Kona Electric, the Renault Zoé and the Kia Niro EV.

Car Sales (August 2022)
Renault Megane E-Tech 1,521
Fiat 500e 1,325
Dacia Primavera 988
Peugeot e-208 889
Renault Twingo ZE 714
Tesla Model Y 702
Peugeot e-2008 602
Hyundai Kona Electric 465
Renault Zoe 438
Kia Niro EV 398

Focus on Megane E-Tech

Remember that the Renault Megane E-Tech is assembled in France and that its engine is now also produced in France, without using rare earths. The battery is from LG and made in Poland. The French manufacturer plans to repatriate battery cell production to Douai from 2024.

We take the opportunity to remind you that the Mégane E-Tech is also subject to a remote collection through a software update, due to thea failure during recharging that can lead to the breakdown of the air conditioning system. A problem that Renault minimizes, due to the ” low probability of decommissioning”.

Where are the Tesla Model 3s?

If you’re looking for Tesla’s Model 3, you have to check out the 14th place in the ranking with 255 units. As a reminder, Teslas deliver irregularly, based on boat arrivals from China and the United States. But the new Berlin plant, which currently only produces the Model Y Performance, should be able to solve this problem in the coming months.

This is the reason why, in July, no Model Y was delivered throughout Europe, only 888 Model 3. The month of September should be more favorable for deliveries from the American manufacturer.

Data accumulated since January

Let’s now look at the accumulated numbers, between January and July 2022. The ranking is not entirely different, but it is the Peugeot e-208 that leads the dance on the podium, followed by the Fiat 500 and Dacia Spring. Tesla is in better shape here, with the Model 3 in 6th position and the Model Y in 8th position.

Compared to 2021, Tesla delivered 19% fewer cars in the same period. The arrival of the Tesla Model Y Propulsion in France, cheaper than the Model 3 Propulsion, should however reverse the trend in the coming months.

Car Sales (cumulative from 2022 to August 31)
Peugeot e-208 11,979
Fiat 500e 11,185
Dacia Primavera 10,852
Renault Zoe 9,515
Renault Twingo E-Tech 9,315
Tesla Model 3 8,063
Renault Megane E-Tech 6,257
Tesla Model Y 4,713
Peugeot e-2008 4,614
Hyundai Kona Electric 4,232

Electric is on the rise

According to figures from AAA Data, electric cars are growing in France, with a market share of 13% in August, just behind diesel with 16% and gasoline with 38%. Plug-in hybrids are seeing their share decline with just 7% of the market. Remember that these should no longer benefit from your tax advantages from 2025 in Europe.

The market share of electric cars throughout the year is 12.1% according to NGC Data, an increase of 31.6% compared to 2021.

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