The French PEV passenger car market registered 3,099 registrations, up just 4% YoY, with all-electric models growing (slightly) faster than plug-in hybrids (PHEVs +2%, BEVs +5%), something that hadn't been happening lately.
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%) regarding the same month last year, something that the runner-up Nissan Leaf can't really complain, due to the new generation, with the Japanese hatchback scoring 375 deliveries, up 40% YoY.
A new face shows up on the Monthly Top 5, with the Volvo XC60 PHEV ending in Fourth, with 113 registrations.
Volvo XC60 PHEV
In a market known for its stability, the only Top 10 change is 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 Volvo's in the Top 6?
But it's on the second half of the ranking that the fun stuff happens, first of all, the Tesla Model S jumped 4 places, to #12, thanks to 63 deliveries (same as last year's May), while the BMW X5 PHEV did even better, leaping 5 places, from #18 to #13, while scoring 82 sales, the nameplate best result ever.
The VW Golf GTE rejoined the Top 20, in #19, thanks to 46 units (Year best), while a telling change happened in #14, with the Hyundai Ioniq PHEV surpassed 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 uses as much kWh as 3 PHEVs, allowing it to triple production. And profit, of course).
In the brands ranking, Renault (36%) continues in the driver seat, followed at a distance by BMW (12%, up 1%) and Nissan (11%).
|5||Volvo XC60 PHEV||113||519||3|
|6||Kia Soul EV||51||389||2|
|7||Smart Fortwo ED||68||384||2|
|8||Volvo XC90 PHEV||100||375||2|
|9||VW Passat GTE||80||363||2|
|10||Porsche Panamera PHEV||65||332||2|
|12||Tesla Model S||63||295||2|
|13||BMW X5 PHEV||82||278||2|
|14||Hyundai Ioniq PHEV||36||271||2|
|15||Hyundai Ioniq Electric||20||264||2|
|16||Mini Countryman PHEV||8||261||2|
|17||BMW 225xe Active Tourer||12||254||2|
|18||Peugeot Partner Tepee EV||8||218||1|
|19||VW Golf GTE||46||214||1|
|20||Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV||41||213||1|
Source: Avere France