August’s best-selling electric car is a failed model

In August, French manufacturers were strong in terms of sales of electric cars. But Tesla is not far away!

Renault Megane E-Tech

As we saw this morning, in Europe, Tesla has dominated the electric car market since the beginning of the year, although the American manufacturer has had a more difficult summer than other brands. Put today the sales figures for the French market, compiled by AAA Data, dominated by Renault, Fiat and Dacia, a little different from what we knew last month.

Electric car sales in August

In the first place, we find the Renault Megane E-Tech, closely followed by the Fiat 500 and the Dacia Spring which takes the third place. Peugeot stayed in the race with the e-208, followed by the Renault Twingo E-Tech in 5th place. It was closely followed by the Tesla Model Y which outdistanced the Peugeot e-2008. In the last three places, we see the Hyundai Kona Electric, the Renault Zoé and the Kia Niro EV.

vehicles Sales (July 2022)
Renault Megane E-Tech 1,521
Fiat 500e 1,325
Spring in Dacia 988
Peugeot e-208 889
Renault Twingo ZE 714
Tesla Model Y 702
Peugeot e-2008 602
Hyundai Kona Electric 465
Renault Zoe 438
Kia Niro EV 398

Focus on the Megane E-Tech

Remember that the Renault Megane E-Tech is assembled in France and that its engine is also produced in France, without the use of rare earths. The battery is from LG and made in Poland. The French manufacturer plans to return the production of battery cells to Douai from 2024. We take this opportunity to remind you that the Mégane E-Tech is also the subject of a remote recall, due toa failure during recharging which may lead to the breakdown of the air conditioning system.

Where are the Tesla Model 3s?

If you are looking for Tesla’s Model 3, you should check out the 14th place in the ranking with 255 units. As a reminder, Teslas deliver in a bad way, based on ship arrivals from China and the United States. But the new factory in Berlin, which currently produces only the Model Y Performance, should solve this problem in the coming months.

This is the reason why, in July, no Model Y was delivered throughout Europe only for the 888 Model 3. The month of September should be more favorable for deliveries from the American manufacturer.

Cumulative numbers since January

Let’s now look at the cumulative figures, between January and July 2022. The ranking is not completely different, but it is the Peugeot e-208 that leads the dance on the podium, followed by the Fiat 500 and the Dacia Spring. Tesla is in better shape here, with the Model 3 in 6th place and the Model Y in 8th place.

Compared to 2021, Tesla delivered 19% fewer cars in the same period. The arrival of the Tesla Model Y Propulsion in France, which is cheaper than the Model 3 Propulsion, should reverse the trend in the coming months.

vehicles Sales (cumulative 2022 to August 31)
Peugeot e-208 11,979
Fiat 500e 11,185
Spring in Dacia 10,852
Renault Zoe 9,515
Renault Twingo E-Tech 9,315
Tesla Model 3 8,063
Renault Megane E-Tech 6,257
Tesla Model Y 4,713
Peugeot e-2008 4,614
Hyundai Kona Electric 4,232

Electricity is increasing

According to AAA Data figures, electric cars are growing in France, with a market share of 13% in August, behind diesel at 16% and gasoline at 38%. Plug-in hybrids saw their share decline to just 7% of the market. Remember that it will no longer be necessary to benefit from their tax advantages from 2025 in Europe.

The market share of electric cars in the year stands at 12.1% according to NGC Data, an increase of 31.6% compared to 2021.

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