Electric vehicle sales plummet in France in April 2020 – down 62 percent

In an auto market down 89% compared to last year, the electric car is suffering the full brunt of the crisis. With only 1,218 registrations, the segment fell sharply compared to March, which had already been considerably slowed down by containment measures.

Impacted like the rest of the automotive industry by the COVID-19 crisis, the electric car market goes into the red. According to figures released by the CCFA, vehicle registrations in April fell 89% in the passenger car segment compared to last year. Its the same story for electric vehicles: with 1,216 registrations registered, the market is down 62% compared to April 2019 and 78% compared to March which was already partly confined.

We will have detailed registrations by model in a few days. In the meantime, we already know the results of the Renault ZOE (322) and the Tesla Model 3 (189). These two models alone accounted for 42% of the electric cars registered in France over the past month.

For other green vehicles, the trend is also very largely downward. With 331 registrations, the plug-in hybrid dropped 74% compared to April 2019.

Gasoline and diesel vehicle registrations are also heavily affected. Over the first four months of the year, registrations of petrol vehicles fell by 57% and those of diesel vehicles by almost 50%. Favored by the volumes sold in the months of January and February, the electric remains in the green to the cumulative over the first 4 months. The segment’s increase is almost 100% compared to the same period in 2019. The same observation can be made on the plug-in hybrid, up 88% compared to last year.

Author: Nabeel K
Email: nabeel@wheelsjoint.com

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1 year ago

With the factories at a standstill, the concessions closed, the drop should be expected. I wonder how these were sold?
With the gradual reopening of factories and concessions, the month of May, and especially June, should have much better figures.