Renault Zoe, Nissan LEAF, & BMW i3 Dominate French EV Market

The French plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) passenger car market ushered in 3,099 registrations in May, up just 4% year over year (YoY). Fully electric models (BEVs) grew slightly faster than plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) — BEVs +5%, PHEVs +2% — which is something that hadn’t been happening in recent months.
The 2018 PEV share remained stable at 1.8%, with BEVs alone having 1.3% share.
Looking at May best sellers, the Zoe collected another win, but registrations were down (-12%) compared to the same month last year, something that the runner-up Nissan LEAF can’t  really complain about. Due to the new generation, the Japanese hatchback scored 375 deliveries, up 40% YoY.
A new face popped into the monthly top 5 as well. The Volvo XC60 PHEV ended in 4th thanks to 113 registrations.
EV ModelSales  
1Renault Zoe1,085
2Nissan Leaf331
3BMW i3204
4Volvo XC60 PHEV113
5Mercedes GLC350e108
In a market known for its stability, the only other top 10 change was the Volvo XC90 PHEV climbing one position to #8, thanks to 100 deliveries, and getting dangerously close to the #6 Kia Soul EV. Will we see two Volvos in the top 6?
But it’s in the second half of the rankings that the fun stuff happens. First of all, the Tesla Model S jumped 4 places, to #12, thanks to 63 deliveries (the same as last year’s May). The BMW X5 PHEV did even better, leaping 5 places, from #18 to #13, while scoring 82 sales, the model’s best result ever.
The VW Golf GTE rejoined the top 20, landing in #19, thanks to 46 registrations (its best result of the year). A telling change happened in #14, with the Hyundai Ioniq PHEV surpassing its BEV sibling, which seems to confirm rumours that the Korean brand dealerships are trying to divert prospective Ioniq BEV buyers into the PHEV version as Hyundai tries to prioritize the lower kWh versions. (1 BEV battery has as much kWh of capacity as 3 PHEVs, allowing Hyundai to triple the number of Ioniqs it sells when its battery supply is limited, as it’s reported to be. And that means more profit, of course).
In the brand ranking, French Renault (36%) continues in France’s driver’s seat, followed at a distance by BMW (12%, up 1%) and Nissan (11%).
EV ModelMayYTDYTD EV Market Share
1Renault Zoe1,0856,07936%
2Nissan Leaf3311,77911%
3BMW i32041,0766%
4Mercedes GLC350e1085733%
5Volvo XC60 PHEV1135193%
6Kia Soul EV513892%
7Smart Fortwo ED683842%
8Volvo XC90 PHEV1003752%
9VW Passat GTE803632%
10Porsche Panamera PHEV653322%
11Peugeot iOn633172%
12Tesla Model S632952%
13BMW X5 PHEV822782%
14Hyundai Ioniq PHEV362712%
15Hyundai Ioniq Electric202642%
16Mini Countryman PHEV82612%
17BMW 225xe Active Tourer122542%
18Peugeot Partner Tepee EV82181%
19VW Golf GTE462141%
20Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV412131%

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