Plug-ins grab 21.5% share of French automobile market in September 2021

Plug-ins grab 21.5% share of French automobile market in September 2021

The French automobile market suffered a decline of more than 20 per cent in sales in September 2021, but the plug-in segment of the market jumped to a new high. It should be noted that many car manufacturers are facing semiconductor shortage and this has led to lower production in the recent months.

As per fresh stats, the number of new passenger car registered in France in the month of September this year decreased more than 20 per cent year-over-year to settle at 133,835 units. On the other hand, the number of new plug-in car registrations jumped 61 per cent year-over-year to settle at 29,995.

Out of the aforementioned plug-in car registrations, 28,786 were passenger plug-in cars and their market share reached a new record high level of 21.5 per cent.

More precisely, 16,990 units of passenger battery-powered electric vehicles (BEVs) were sold in the European country last month, up 70 per cent year-over-year. Its market share grew to 12.7 per cent. The number of registrations of new passenger plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) jumped to 11,796 units, up 50 per cent at 8.8 per cent market share. Light commercial BEVs and Light commercial PHEVs accounted for 1,158 and 51 registrations, respectively.

Year to date (YTD), more than 217,000 new plug-in cars were registered in France. Passenger BEVs and Light commercial PHEVs accounted for 106,936 and 102,059 registrations, respectively. While passenger BEV augment grew 52 per cent year-over-year, Light commercial PHEVs’ sales/registrations jumped a whopping 152 per cent. Light commercial BEV registrations grew 64 per cent year-over-year to settle at 8,220 units.

When it comes to model, the Tesla Model 3 electric sedan maintained its top position. With a total of 2,833 new registrations, the Tesla Model 3 once again emerged as the best-selling electric car in the country. The world-famous Model 3 EV also emerged as the top-selling all-electric model year-to-date. It is also quite interesting to note here that the all-electric Tesla Model 3 surpassed the French best sellers, and the American manufacturer recoded 293 registrations of the newly-launched Tesla Model Y.

The Renault ZOE, Peugeot e-208, and Dacia Spring Electric managed to sell the more than 2,000 units. The Renault ZOE fully-electric car sold 2,382 units, while the Peugeot e-208 and Dacia Spring Electric EVs accounted for 2,090 and 2,089 registrations, respectively. The FIAT 500 (864), the VW ID.3 (749), Renault Twingo (598), KIA NIRO (557) also made their presence felt among the top sellers in France. The Peugeot 3008 topped the list of best-selling PHEVs by scoring a total of 1,165 registrations.