|"Trying to win french taxi drivers hearts since 2010"|
Yep, the EV market seems to have gone on holidays in France, registering just 649 units, the worst result of the year, more than 50%(!) less than in June...Despite this, the EV share remained stable at 0,79% because the french auto market as a whole hit historic lows, making August '13 the worst sales month since...August 1976!
The Renault Zoe registered just 198 units, a worrying result that represented just 25% of what it had sold in June. Considering that the french hatch is responsible for 45% of the french EV market, it is important that in September the Zoe bounces back to decent levels (500-plus units) if Renault wants to avoid the "Failure" tag on the Zoe.
Maybe more importantly, its main rival in European turf hit an all time high: The Nissan Leaf recorded 148 sales, just 50 units behind the homeboy Zoe, a great performance considering that France is by far the largest market of the Zoe.
Further down the ranking, the Mitsubishi I-Miev is experiencing a surprising revival, it's now in #14, two places above last years performance and we also welcome a new player in the market, the Ford Focus Electric registering its first 4 units.
|2||Renault Kangoo ZE e)||150||2.415||26||1|
|4||Renault Twizy e)||40||401||4||2|
|6||Bolloré Blue Car||20||288||3||3|
|7||Toyota Prius Plug-In e)||25||269||3||7|
|8||Smart Fortwo ED||1||177||2||12|
|13||Renault Fluence ZE||1||17||0||9|
Volvo V60 Plug-In e)
Ford Focus Electric
Source: Manufacturers, Automobile Propre