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France Plugin EV Share Hits 21.4% As Diesels Attain Document Low

France, Europe’s second largest auto market, noticed plugin electrical autos take 21.4% market share in March 2022, up from 16.1% yr on yr. Full electrics took 13.5%, their 2nd highest consequence (following December 2021). General auto market quantity was down by some 35% in comparison with pre-pandemic March 2019, at 147,077 models.

March’s mixed plugin results of 21.4% comprised 13.5% full battery electrics (BEVs) and seven.9% plugin hybrids (PHEVs). This continues a current re-weighting in direction of BEVs. BEVs’ share of 13.5% represents a progress of a relative 59% in comparison with March 2021 (8.5% BEV). PHEVs solely improved by a relative 4% (0.3% absolute progress in share) over the identical interval.

Diesel share was the bottom of the trendy period, with simply 14.3% (down from 23.3% YoY). Someday between now and June, we are going to see BEVs overtake diesel, after which enhance the hole. Petrol held up higher, at 39.1% from 42.6% YoY. Nonetheless, as soon as diesels have pale, petrol can be first in line to take greater losses.

France’s Favorite BEVs

March noticed Tesla make its regular finish of quarter delivery push, with the Tesla Mannequin 3 taking high spot at 3,882 models. The diminutive Dacia Spring took second place (2,111), and the Peugeot e-208 got here in third (1,842).

There have been no different nice surprises within the high 10, besides that the Citroen E-C4 joined the chart for the primary time. The E-C4 elevated its March quantity significantly, with 540 models, in comparison with its earlier peak of 349 models (again in November) and its current month-to-month averages of round 280 models. Let’s see if the E-C4 can seem commonly within the high 10 to any extent further.


Trying subsequent on the trailing 3 month totals, the highest three positions are the identical because the month-to-month consequence, with the Tesla Mannequin 3 once more main.

I don’t but have clear March information for the Peugeot e-2008, so there’s a slight uncertainty whether or not it might have simply missed out on the highest 10 spots over the trailing 3 months, or might in truth have challenged its shut rivals, the Hyundai Kona, and Kia Niro.

Above this pack, the Tesla Mannequin Y was stable in seventh place.

As soon as plentiful European-made provide comes accessible (between now and the tip of the yr), will the Tesla Mannequin Y enhance in gross sales quantity sufficient to problem for the highest 6? Positions 3 to six are small and reasonably priced autos, lengthy the preferred class within the French auto market.

The Mannequin 3 begins from €50,000, whereas the Mannequin Y (at present solely accessible in lengthy vary variants) begins from €63,000, an enormous step up. I’d count on that the Mannequin Y might should be supplied within the entry variant earlier than it could climb into the center of the chart (or greater).

In the meantime, the Dacia Spring (amongst others), with lengthy ready lists, may very well be promoting in even greater volumes if the manufacturing quantity was elevated. For this and the opposite reasonably priced BEV manufacturers, it’s evidently the manufacturing quantity that’s the limiting issue, not the demand.


As I mentioned in my current Sweden report, industrial manufacturing in Europe faces many disruptions, each in provide chains, and in vitality costs, and generally inflation, in addition to in shopper spending energy.  It stays to be seen how a lot the French auto producers, so dominant within the French BEV market, can be affected by these forces. It’s additionally an unknown whether or not plugin autos can be impacted to a distinct diploma, in comparison with different powertrains.

On the demand facet, with elevated gas prices, there will definitely by greater relative demand for BEVs and PHEVs than ever earlier than, and fewer for combustion-only autos.

Assuming the impression of disruptions falls pretty evenly on the manufacturing of all autos, we will assume plugin share of the brand new automotive market will enhance strongly within the months forward on account of elevated demand, even when precise volumes don’t enhance notably steeply. Combustion-only volumes will proceed to fall.

It’s too early to have the ability to put exact figures on it, however I’d count on mixed plugins to exceed 30% market share in December, maybe by a big margin.

How do you see the French auto market in 2022? Please be part of within the dialogue under.


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