If you’re having some doubts about the potential for the electric vehicle market, look no further than France. The French plug-in passenger EV (PEV) market shattered all of its previous records in January, surging 238 percent overall, according to a Clean Technica report.
- The total PEV market in France grew to nearly 15,000 new-vehicle registrations, amid a decline in overall car sales.
- Fully-electric vehicles accounted for more than 8 percent of the vehicle market in France in January.
- The overall plug-in vehicle market share grew 2.7 percent in January 2020, compared to 2019.
The fully-electric Renault ZOE was the third best-selling car overall in France in January 2020. (Photo: Renault)
In January, the French plug-in passenger electric vehicle market broke all its previous records, with sales of all-electric vehicles surging a whopping 258 percent to 10,952 units, compared to 2019 January sales numbers. The plug-in hybrid vehicle market in France grew to 3,183 registrations in January 2020, a surge of 238 percent over 2019.
Together, both fully-electric models and plug-in vehicles recorded a total of 14,765 registrations, a substantial increase over last year, amid a 13 percent decline in overall vehicle registrations, year over year. Overall, plug-in vehicles accounted for 11 percent of the total car market, with fully-electric vehicles accounting for 8.2 percent of that share. That’s a boost of 2.7 percent over January 2019, signaling a burgeoning surge in vehicle electrification in France.
The all-electric Renault Zoe led the charge, as the third best-selling model overall in France.
WHY THIS MATTERS
The surge in France’s plug-in EV market, amid a decline in overall car sales, highlights the growing interest in both fully-electric and plug-in vehicles. But it also hints at what could become a broader-reaching trend taking shape in the sector.