France In April – BEVs Up, PHEVs Down, Spring is Sprung


France noticed plugin electrical autos take 21.1% share of the auto market in April, flat year-on-year, in a rising total market. Full battery electrics, nevertheless, grew share, while plugin hybrids dropped share. General auto quantity was 132,509 models, up some 22% YoY, although nonetheless far under pre-2020 seasonal norms (~183,000). The bestselling plugin was the Dacia Spring.

April’s mixed plugin results of 21.1% comprised full battery electrics (BEVs) at 12.9%, and plugin hybrids (PHEVs) at 8.2%. These evaluate with respective YoY figures of 21.1%, 11.7%, and 9.4%. We will see that BEVs are nonetheless rising decently, while PHEVs are sliding.

In quantity phrases, towards an total market up 22%, BEV quantity grew virtually 35% YoY, to 17,112 models. PHEVs solely grew quantity by 6% YoY (to 10,878 models), trailing broader market progress, and thus shedding share.

Diesel share shrank to a brand new document low of 10.5% (from 15.8% YoY). Petrol share nevertheless took up among the slack, and grew share to 40.4%, the best stage seen since July 2021! That is non permanent, the clear long-term development stays declining combustion-only share over time.

Bestselling BEVs

After Tesla’s document French quantity push in March, different manufacturers had an opportunity to shine in April. The diminutive Dacia Spring was again on high, with 2,432 models, adopted by the Peugeot 208 in second, and the Fiat 500 in third.

There have been no newcomers within the high 20, and most fashions noticed a decline in gross sales quantity in comparison with the end-of-quarter push in March. In actual fact, the one notable newcomer to the French market was the BYD Atto 3, with simply 5 preliminary models for sampling. We should wait until later within the 12 months for brand spanking new fashions to be launched in quantity.

Dacia Spring (press image)

Dacia Spring (press picture)

Let’s now take a look at the trailing 3 months:

Right here we discover a lot of the normal faces, with some gentle shuffling of rating. The Tesla Mannequin Y stays on high, largely because of its March efficiency. The Renault Megane has dropped off barely in rank (and quantity), from second to fifth, although primarily as a result of the restricted manufacturing facility manufacturing is not simply concentrated within the home market, however is now being shared throughout a number of European markets.

The actions in mannequin rating are modest and unremarkable, so I’ll skip the snakes-and-ladders evaluation this time round.

That the Tesla Mannequin Y is now dominating the French BEV market, stays outstanding. That is 1.5x to 2x the value of most different BEV fashions within the high 10, and virtually 3x the value of historically well-liked autos. This goes to indicate the significance of — not simply providing a compelling worth BEV (as others within the high 20 are additionally, e.g. the MG4) — however producing it in giant sufficient quantity to fulfill all potential demand and keep away from lengthy wait queues.


The French financial system shouldn’t be in an incredible place, however higher than lots of its neighbours. Inflation  stays excessive however considerably secure at just below 6%. Financial exercise stays sluggish, with simply 0.6% progress forecast for 2023.

The auto market, with 22% YoY progress in April, is thus outperforming different areas of the financial system and is a relative vibrant spot. A lot of that is after all a rebound from the constrained auto provide chains of the previous 12 months or two. After the backlog of delayed orders is labored by, let’s look once more on the auto market development to see the way it compares with the broader financial system.

For these automobile homeowners capable of entry time-of-use electrical energy charges, and capable of afford the up-front value premium of a plugin automobile, they continue to be higher long-term worth propositions than combustion options. Continued progress in plugin market share will depend upon vitality value developments and client buying energy – each formed by the broader financial situations.

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