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In France, the homeland of Renault and Peugeot, dramatic changes continue to take place. The French brands' electric vehicles (EVs) continue to lose popularity, while Tesla Model 3 maintains its position as the best-selling car in that EV market since early 2021.
The French market for EVs was sluggish at the beginning of the year, but there were positive developments in March. Since then, consumer interest has continued to grow, and the leader is clear. According to AAA Data, between January 1 and May 31, 8,083 Tesla Model 3s were registered in France, which brings the car into first place at 15.7% of the EV market share. At the same time, Tesla is the only foreign automotive group that has established itself well in the electric car segment in France. Volkswagen, for example, diligently advertised its ID 3, yet was able to sell just 1,786 units in five months, reported BFM Business.
In 2021, the Renault Zoe was able to take second place with 7,448 units sold. It is followed by the Peugeot e-208, in third place, with 7,233 units sold. Tesla Model 3's victory is especially important since the American car was able to become the best-selling on Renault and Peugeot homeland, where they were traditionally the best-selling ones.
Given the general trend, it can be assumed that Tesla sales in France will continue to grow. With the start of production at the company's factory in Germany, the European market will begin to flood with Model Ys and other models of the company--which, because they are manufactured nearby, would also be more affordable than now.
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.