Most sold electric passenger cars by model in France 2017

 During the year 2017, the most popular electric car model was the Renault ZOE, with more than 15,200 units sold. According to the manufacturer, the Renault ZOE had a range up to 300 kilometers. From 2008 to 2016, the registrations of new electric passenger cars increased from 4 units up to more than 21 thousand.  

Purchase criteria of an electric vehicle among the French

  The results of a survey conducted in 2017 indicate that the main drivers for buying an electric car among French people would be the equivalent ease of charging batteries to picking up gasoline (39 percent of respondents), and/or a significant increase of the fuel prices. What is more, in 2018, almost 4 French people in 10 declared that they would be willing to purchase a 100% electric vehicle if it had a range of at least 500 km .  

Electric cars still are a minority within the French passenger car fleet

  Even if 41 percent of French aged under 25 stated they had the intention of buying an electric car within the next five years , owning such a vehicle is still not the major attitude in France. Indeed, the percentage of diesel passenger cars within the total passenger car fleet still represented 61 percent in 2016 in France.  

Ranking of the top ten electric passenger car models sold in France in 2017

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Release date

January 2018



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Supplementary notes

These are battery electric vehicles. This data does not include plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.

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