In 2019 Plug-In Electric Car Sales In France Hit All-Time Record

French plug-in electric car market delivered noticeable growth and new records. The year 2020 should be even better.

France ends the year 2019 on a high note, as plug-in electric car sales in both December and for the full year reached new records.

Last month was pretty interesting. Plug-in electric car registrations amounted to 7,890 (up 21% year-over-year), which is a new all-time record. Passenger plug-in cars expanded their market share to 3.43% (also a new high, but only marginally above the previous 3.41% from a year ago).

  • Passenger BEVs: 4,803 (new record) (up 8%), at 2.27% of the market
  • Passenger PHEVs: 2,437 (new record) (up 113%), at 1.16% of the market
  • Light commercial BEVs: 640 (down 29%)
  • Total: 7,890 (new record) (up 21%), at 3.41% of the market

Plug-in car sales in France – December 2019

*some data estimated

  • Passenger BEVs: 42,763 (new record) (up 38%)
  • Passenger PHEVs: 18,745 (new record) (up 38%)
  • Light commercial BEVs: 7,958 (down 2%)
  • Total: 69,466 (new record) (up 29%)


While the Renault ZOE remains the top choice in France, an undisputed success is second place for the Tesla Model 3.

Top three BEVs:

The Renault Kangoo Z.E. was (as always) the top commercial delivery van with 350 registrations in December and 3,807 YTD.

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was the most popular plug-in hybrid with 3,131 registrations in 2019.

In the case of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, only four were registered in December and 63 in 2019 (up 75% year-over-year).

Detailed numbers of plug-in car registrations were provided by L’Avere-France:

* The PHEVs category include BEVs with ICE range-extender

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