Electric car sales skyrocket in France in 2020, gas and diesel car sales plummet

With more than 9,400 registrations in February, the electric revolution is keeping its momentum, accounting for 5.6% of new car sales in France.

Close to the historic record month of January, the electric car sales kept a good pace in February as well with 9,451 units sold, the segment represented 5.6% of all new passenger cars registered. Plug-in hybrids are also in hot demand; With 3,885 registrations, the segment surpassed the previous month’s record and captured 2.3% of the market.


The top two best selling models were Renault ZOE and Tesla Model 3 in February. After breaking the threshold of 5,000 registrations in the month of January, the Renault ZOE had a slightly slower February with 3,076 units sold. Conversely, the Tesla Model 3 breaks the barrier in February with 1,025 vehicles sold, up many fold from January’s 124 registrations.

Gasoline and diesel in free fall

As the sales of electric and hybrid cars take off, traditional gasoline and diesel car sales collapse. Compared to the same period in 2019, registrations of diesel cars decreased by 11.26 percent and those of petrol cars by 22.6 percent.

Jan-Feb 2019Jan-Feb 2020Change
Diesel114,612101,704-11.26%
Gasoline189,160146,416-22.60%
Battery Electric5,93820,403+243.60%
Hybrid14,77725,489+72.49%
Plug-in Hybrid2,4247,619+214.32%

Battery Electric Vehicles

Data source: CCFA

Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles

Contact the author: adambraylon@wheelsjoint.com


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