A time ahead of the Peugeot e-2008, the Renault Zoé is back in 1st place in the ranking of the best-selling electric cars in France.
It seems that Renault has picked up the hair of the beast lately. While Peugeot continued to dominate the ranking of the best-selling models, all engines combined, Renault is determined to take revenge. While the Peugeot 208 is still the leader, with no less than 39,655 units sold since the start of the year, the Renault Clio is no longer very far, registering no less than 37,885 registrations over the same period. A good performance for the diamond brand, which therefore made a good comeback in May. But the firm has also distinguished itself in the electric market. And this time, it is to the Renault Zoé that we owe it, while the city car was the best-selling zero-emission model in France throughout the month of May. A very good performance for the one who has not yet been touched up since 2019, the latest development being the arrival of a new 135 horsepower engine.
With no less than 2,577 copies sold throughout the month of May, the city car dethrones its main rival, the Peugeot e-208, which has dominated the ranking so far. The star of the Sochaux brand has for his part taken a little blow, being then demoted to 3rd place, just in front of the new Fiat 500. The 2nd step of the podium is occupied by the Tesla Model 3, which continues to attract customers thanks to its technological endowment and relatively affordable prices. The Renault Twingo (490 copies) continues to hit the mark, although its career should end in a few years, leaving room for other models, such as the Renault 5 electric. It nevertheless remains far behind the Zoe in terms of sales figures. We are surprised, however, not to see the Nissan Leaf, which seems to be in decline for some time.
The hybrid boom
With a market share dropping from 6.5 to 7.1%, electricity has seen a real rise in recent months, and this can be explained in several ways. Indeed, many French people have opted for this type of motorization thanks to the aid granted by the State, whether it is the ecological bonus or the scrapping bonus. In addition, this trend is also explained by the increasingly punitive taxation against combustion cars, which are also subject to increasingly severe traffic restrictions. Finally, the offer is increasingly important, therefore encouraging motorists to opt for this type of engine. But another is also very popular: thehybrid. This time around, we can really talk about an explosion in sales, with a market share dropping from 10.9% to 23.9% in the first five months of 2021 compared to last year.
However, gasoline still represents the largest market share (43.2%), while diesel continues to decline. This currently represents 23.7% of sales from January to May, compared to 32.4% last year. A fall that should not improve, while vehicles running on diesel are increasingly targeted by traffic bans. Since this morning, moreover, all vehicles classified Crit’Air 4 have been banned from the Greater Paris Metropolis, i.e. all diesel vehicles from before 2005.
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