The Fiat 500e shines on 21% of the French plugin market


Plug-in vehicles continue to rise in France, with last month’s plug-in vehicle registrations ending at 26,517 units, split between 15,247 BEV (or 12% share of the overall car market) and 11,270 PHEV (9% share). of the global automotive market). The former jumped 38% year over year (YoY) while the latter was actually down by 13%.

As the overall market continues to fall off a cliff, down 10% YoY and down significantly 35% compared to May 2019 (the last Ordinary May on the market), plugins reached 21% market share last month (12% BEV).

Year-to-date (YTD) registrations now exceed 122,000 units, keeping the market share of plug-in vehicles at 20% (12% BEV). This is already 2 percentage points above the result that the market had in 2021, and it is a good increase of 9 percentage points compared to the result of 2020 (11% plug-in vehicle share). Expect the market to hold firmly above 20% by the end of the year, maybe even above 25% by then.

For some powertrains to go up, others have to go down, and that’s what happens to regular gasoline and diesel sales. The first (gasoline) accounted for 36% of sales last month, and the second (diesel) fell even more sharply, having only 18% of sales. Its sales fell 28% from a year ago. At this rate, diesel sales will be dead in just two years.

As Tesla France suffers from a shortage of Model 3 supply and a slow ramp-up of the German-made Model Y, the stage remained empty for others to shine, and last month’s bestseller was again the Fiat 500e, which scored an impressive 2,129 registrations. It was his third consecutive record, leaving the second Peugeot e-208 EV (1,668 units) a considerable distance behind and enabling a #1 and #2 finish for Stellantis.

The remaining place on the podium went to the Renault Twingo EV, which recorded a record 1,500 deliveries. The small French VE even surpassed its most famous sibling, the 4th Renault Zoé (1,448 registrations).

Also at Renault, the new Mégane EV finally had its first month of volume, with 758 deliveries, making it three Renault BEVs in the top 10!

In the second half of the table, we have the Hyundai Kona EV which records its best result in 23 months, with 634 registrations placing it in 12th place. The Lynk & Co 01 PHEV registered a record 514 units, while another crossover, the Kia Sportage PHEV, joined the chart with a record 447 registrations.

Below the top 20, the Kia Niro EV (257 units) and MG eZS EV (211 units) achieved strong scores. We can also celebrate the arrival of the VW ID.5, the sportier sister of the VW ID.4, which started its commercial career with 287 registrations, allowing it to immediately outstrip its two sisters, the ID.3 and ID . .4, and become the best-selling Volkswagen of the last month. A sign of things to come?

Looking at the 2022 rankings, the former Tesla Model 3 leader has seen a steep drop to just 4th. It was overtaken by the new leader, the Dacia Spring, followed by the Fiat 500e and the Peugeot e-208 EV. Expect a tight race between these four models in the coming months!

In other good news for smaller cars, the Renault Zoe has swapped places with the Peugeot 3008 PHEV and is now 5th, while the Tesla Model Y has dropped five places, to 15th, to (among others) the # 12 Hyundai Kona EV and #13 Mini Copper EV.

To close out the top 20, we now have the MG eHS PHEV, making it the 4th Chinese-made model in this top-selling chart.

In terms of brand rankings, the first two brands remained stable, Peugeot (15.8%) and Renault (12.2%, +1 point) retaining their gold and silver medals. The latter is closing in on the leader, thanks to a good overall month for its BEV range. Last place on the podium still goes to Tesla (7.1%), which lost 1.9 percentage points last month due to the aforementioned supply constraints.

Outside the podium, Dacia (6.4%, down 0.4 points) is stable in 4th, while Mercedes (6.2%) is in 5th. To watch: the rise of Fiat (+5.8%) could join the top 5 next month.

As far as OEMs are concerned, Stellantis is the main force in this market, with a dominant market share of 31.6%. The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance is comfortably in 2nd position, with 20%, and Hyundai-Kia is in 3rd, with 10%.

Off the podium, we are now the Volkswagen Group (hey, do you remember me?) in 4th position with 7.6%, immediately followed by BMW Group (5th, with 7.5%). Both overtook Tesla last month.


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