France’s Plugin EVs Hit 24% In February, Dacia Spring Nonetheless Boss


France’s plugin electrical automobile share reached 23.8% in February, up from 20.1% yr on yr. Full electrics grew share, while plugin hybrids remained static. General auto quantity was 126,237 items, up over 9% YoY. The Dacia Spring was as soon as once more one of the best promoting full electrical.

February’s mixed plugin results of 23.8% comprised 15.5% full electrics (BEVs), and eight.3% plugin hybrids (PHEVs). These respective shares evaluate with 20.1%, 11.7%, and eight.4%, yr on yr. All the expansion in share has come from BEVs.

With plugless hybrids (HEVs) additionally rising share (including 2.6% YoY), conventional combustion-only powertrains noticed their 4th consecutive month at underneath 50% share of the market (49.0%).

With diesel-only powertrains now standing at 11.7% share, and declining by round 0.5% per 30 days just lately, we are able to count on them to fall to underneath 10% share someday over the summer time.


The bestselling BEV in February was once more the Dacia Spring, which has held the highest spot for the previous three months. The runner up was the Tesla Mannequin Y, and the Peugeot 208 got here in third.

As regular, we solely have partial knowledge for BEV fashions, so we are able to’t but detect the arrival of newcomers at low preliminary supply volumes.

Of the “newish” fashions within the prime 20, the Renault Megane continues to be robust, in fifth spot, although not as dominant because it was in H2 2022. The MG4 continues to do nicely, being inside the highest 10 for the third consecutive month, in sixth spot.

Let’s now step again to view the three month image:

Right here, on the power of its three latest month-to-month bestseller titles, the Dacia Spring is within the clear lead, an awesome enchancment from its fifth spot over the September-to-November interval.

The Spring stands an honest margin forward of the Tesla Mannequin Y, and Renault Megane.

The Mannequin Y itself has picked up momentum, in comparison with the prior three month window, when it was in fifth place. The Megane, then again, has dropped two locations over the interval, from its earlier lead.

Listed below are the primary climbers in comparison with three months prior:

Listed below are the fashions dropping rank:

Different actions throughout the prime 20 had been extra subdued.

The Tesla Mannequin Y is now being produced on the charge of round 18,000 items per 30 days at Gigafactory Berlin (and nonetheless ramping), all of which will likely be offered by way of to the European market. Some extra quantity remains to be arriving from Shanghai.

2022 noticed over 138,000 items of the Mannequin Y offered throughout Europe, by far one of the best promoting BEV within the area. Berlin manufacturing will provide maybe 250,000 items (or extra) this yr, plus extra from Shanghai. This means that we may count on a given nation’s month-to-month volumes to roughly double in comparison with final yr — as long as buying energy can sustain.

On condition that ready occasions at the moment are simply 2 to 4 weeks for some Mannequin Y variants, it could be that Tesla has to tweak the worth factors just a little bit, to steadiness demand with provide. Nevertheless, it has loads of room to do that, and nonetheless keep robust margins.

If provide volumes do certainly roughly double (and assuming the closest opponents in Europe just like the VW ID.4 could not be capable to fairly match this doubling), the Mannequin Y seems unassailable as Europe’s finest vendor once more this yr, with a fair bigger lead than it had in 2022.

As a reminder — this relative power of a high-price level mannequin (round twice the worth of Europe’s historic finest promoting automobiles) is essentially due to persevering with relative lack of provide (vis-a-vis demand) of the much more reasonably priced BEVs, just like the Renault Megane, and MG4.

Within the fullness of time, maybe years from now, the buyer BEV market will transfer in the direction of a extra basic demand curve, with extra reasonably priced automobiles correlating with increased quantity, somewhat than the present anomalous sample of gross sales quantity distribution, formed by restricted out there BEV provide for many fashions. Within the French auto market, the equilibrium demand curve will probably roughly resemble historic patterns, for instance with the 2021 median value of €23.2k, plus future inflation. The Nordics assist a a lot increased median (Norway 2021, €34,800), as does Germany (2021 – €33,900) whereas a lot of southern Europe is decrease nonetheless (Portugal 2021 – €21,300).

Tesla will in fact nonetheless be within the combine, with an much more reasonably priced mannequin, which will likely be out there at “Tesla quantity”.


France’s auto market has seen some latest restoration, with 7 consecutive months of YoY progress. Provide chain points are slowly and steadily being resolved. Nevertheless, regardless of these supply-side enhancements, if financial sentiment is unfavorable, the demand aspect could change into the constraining issue, and it stays to be seen the place the market’s equilibrium quantity will sit.

France’s central financial institution forecast final month that the nation will emerge from the winter having escaped a recession, not like a number of neighbouring international locations. Largely it is because vitality costs have stabilised considerably (although are nonetheless a lot increased than historic ranges), helped by France’s majority nuclear electrical energy technology, which avoids fossil gasoline value fluctuations.

Newest forecasts are seeing 0.2% financial progress in Q1 and Q2 — lacklustre, however higher than a lot of Europe. This being the case, the general auto market could proceed its modest YoY restoration pattern.

Since plugin automobiles stay aggressive from a long run complete value of possession perspective, we are able to count on their relative demand (vs. ICE counterparts) to proceed to develop. This may lead to plugin share progress in 2023, although it’s onerous to say how a lot.

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