The Tesla Model 3 shows an ongoing success story in France and became the best-selling EV in the country in August. Model 3's sales are so high that they are more than double that of their nearest competitor.
The French car market continues to change and shows a solid shift towards electric vehicles. In August, the electric vehicle market share reached a record 19.8%, nearly double the 10.5% in August 2020, according to CleanTechnica. Most of the success came from BEVs, which accounted for 11.3%, while PHEVs accounted for 8.5%. At the same time, sales of internal combustion engine vehicles dropped significantly. The share of diesel cars was only 18.2% and the share of gasoline cars was 38.8%.
Leading and powering the boom in electric vehicle sales is Tesla Model 3. The California-based manufacturer sold 2,541 vehicles to rank #1, well ahead of its competitors. Second place is occupied by Renault Zoe with 1,177 registrations, which is less than half of Model 3 sales. The Peugeot E-208 is in third place with 1,033 sales. MG ZS EV takes fourth place, registering 659 units. Closing out the top 5 is Fiat E500 with 503 sales.
Although sales of Model 3 were low in July, in general, throughout 2021, the car became the best-selling EV in France several times and the figures for August corroborate this success story. Given the general trend, it can be assumed that Tesla sales in the country will continue to grow. With production at the company's plant in Germany expected in October, the European market will begin to flood with Model Ys and the company's other models, which, since they are produced nearby, will also be more affordable than they are now.
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