French EV Market Document Excessive In March – Tesla Mannequin Y 4th Total Auto

France noticed file excessive plugin electrical car share in March, at 25.4%, up from 21.4% yr on yr. BEVs alone took 16.8% share, a brand new file. Total auto volumes had been 182,712 models, up some 24% yr on yr, although nonetheless properly off the pre-2020 seasonal common (~230,000 models). The Tesla Mannequin Y was the very best promoting BEV, and 4th highest promoting auto total.

March’s mixed plugin results of 25.4% share comprised 16.8% full electrics (BEVs), and eight.6% plugin hybrids (PHEVs). These figures examine YoY with shares of 21.4%, 13.5%, and seven.9%, respectively.

In quantity phrases, with the general auto market up over 24% YoY, all powertrains noticed some quantity progress apart from diesel (down 5.7% YoY to 19,865 models). BEVs noticed file quantity of 30,636 models (up over 54% YoY), with PHEVs at a close to file 15,717 models (up 34%).

Mixed conventional combustion-only powertrains managed to cling on to 50% share of the market, maybe for the final time. Diesel alone was all the way down to a file low of 10.9% share in March (from 14.3% YoY).

France’s Greatest Promoting BEVs

Tesla’s Mannequin Y took the highest spot in March, with 6,455 models. The runners up had been the Dacia Spring (3,481 models) and Peugeot e-208 (3,256 models).

The Mannequin Y was additionally the 4th greatest promoting auto total (behind the Peugeot 208, Renault Clio, and Citroen C3). Together with 2,008 models of the Tesla Mannequin 3 (fifth spot), this was Tesla’s greatest ever month-to-month quantity in France.

For as soon as, we have now pretty full BEV mannequin gross sales information for March (and for 2023 YTD) from AAA Information, and so we will current a high 20 chart:

With Tesla’s Berlin Gigafactory now ramping manufacturing previous 22,000 models per 30 days (all for the European market), we will anticipate the Mannequin Y to be an everyday displaying at or close to France’s high spot.

The opposite fashions populating the highest 10 are — as regular — largely comparatively reasonably priced compact or small autos just like the Fiat 500, Renault Megane, MG4, Renault Zoe and Renault Twingo.

Exterior the highest 20, newer faces that we will detect for the primary time within the March information embody the Opel Astra, the BYD Atto 3, and Genesis G80. The latter two every solely registered a single unit, they may climb from right here.

The Opel Astra has already registered 66 models year-to-date (doubtless largely demonstration models), and will change into one among Stellantis’ excessive quantity sellers, alongside its platform sibling, the upcoming Peugeot e-308. Every of those new fashions will provide each hatchback, and tourer/property codecs.

Let’s take a look at the long run gross sales tendencies:

There have been just a few adjustments since 3 months in the past (October-to-December). Whereas beforehand the Tesla Mannequin 3 had been within the lead, the Mannequin Y has now taken the highest spot (from third beforehand), and the older sibling has dropped to sixth (with underneath half the earlier quantity).

In the meantime, the Dacia Spring, Peugeot e-208, and Fiat 500 have additionally climbed, whereas the Renault Megane has fallen. Right here’s the abstract of the primary movers within the high ranks, in comparison with 3 months prior:

The primary climbers:

The next fashions misplaced place:

The Tesla Mannequin Y is now trying unassailable (and never simply in France, however throughout Europe, and the broader world). Why? Primarily as a result of it’s each a compelling providing (with entry to Tesla’s dependable charging community) and is being produced in very excessive quantity. There are many different compelling (and good worth) BEVs in the marketplace – in France the MG4 particularly involves thoughts – however virtually none are being produced in something near the Mannequin Y’s quantity.


March noticed the seventh consecutive month of YoY auto quantity restoration in France, partially as a consequence of provide chain constraints lifting. Amongst rising total auto provide, it’s good to see BEVs making extra progress than every other powertrain, and breaking new floor in month-to-month gross sales quantity (greater even than the latest December peak).

The French Nationwide Financial institution’s deputy governor just lately predicted modest (0.6%) total financial progress this yr, and 1.2% subsequent yr. Lacklustre, to make sure, however higher than a lot of France’s neighbours who face outright recession this yr. Inflation is coming underneath management (5.6% from 6.3% beforehand). Ongoing massive widespread protests throughout the nation, nevertheless, could but throw a spanner within the works of the financial system in 2023, together with maybe the auto trade.

For these nonetheless capable of entry low-cost time-of-use low cost charges for electrical energy, the relative working prices of plugins stay very engaging, in opposition to the prospect of now rising road-fuel costs. This long run total-cost-of-ownership benefit continues to be driving demand for plugins relative to ICE autos, and can proceed to take action. We are able to thus anticipate to see plugin market share proceed to develop all through 2023, regardless of what may occur to over auto volumes.

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