Plug-In Electric Car Sales France Hit Massive Record In June 2020

Strong incentives played a role here.

France, after a weak April, and not as bad May, had a tremendous June, which brings all the monthly plug-in car sales stats to new records.

The total number of new plug-in car registrations is 22,630, several thousand above the previous monthly record, and up 231% year-over-year.

The passenger all-electric car registrations were a record (13,728), commercial all-electric car registrations hit a record (1,596) and passenger plug-in hybrid car registrations soared to a record (7,307).

By the way, the general passenger car market was at 233,820 (up 1.2% year-over-year).

Plug-in car sales in France – June 2020

Sales year-to-date:

*some data on the charts are estimated

This is not the typical rebound from the COVID-19 lockdown. The main reason for such a big shoot-up seems to be the new package of incentives for plug-ins (available by the end of 2020).

The package includes:

In total, one might get €12,000 ($13,550) for buying an electric car. It’s not strange that they are selling like hotcakes. It would be difficult to find a better deal than going electric.

By the way, the leases become extraordinarily cheap like a Kia Niro EV (e-Niro) for less than €50 a month. See it with your own eyes here (in French).


The top-selling model was – of course – Renault ZOE with a massive 6,012 new registrations (plus another 400, registered as commercial vehicles.

The second top choice was its direct competitor – Peugeot e-208 (2,127 + 93 commercial), supported by Opel Corsa-e (300). Then we see strong sales from the Hyundai Kona Electric (620) and Tesla Model 3 (620).

The top van was Renault Kangoo Z.E. (778), while the top plug-in hybrid Peugeot 3008 PHEV (768).

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

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