In France, the home of Renault and Peugeot, some dramatic changes are taking place. Despite the high popularity of electric vehicles from French brands, Tesla invaded the local market with its Model 3, which became the best-selling vehicle on the EV market in March and Q1 2021.
During the first two months of the year, the French electric vehicle market was sluggish but began to pick up in March. There were 15,592 electric vehicles registered last month, accounting for nearly 7% of new passenger car registrations in the country. Such figures were made possible primarily thanks to Tesla, which registered 4,524 Model 3s. As a result, the model became the best-selling vehicle in the French EV market in March and accounted for 29% of the segment.
Model 3's closest competitor, Peugeot e-208, came in second place by a wide margin. The French manufacturer sold 1,667 units, nearly three times less than the Californian manufacturer. Renault Zoe is in third place with 1,519 units sold.
Source: Avere France
In total, 30,489 electric vehicles were registered in Q1, which is 18% more than in the same period in 2020. Tesla sold 5,763 Model 3s, making it the best-selling EV in France in Q1 2021. In fact, one in five EVs sold in the country was Model 3. Second place is occupied by Peugeot e-208, with 4,497 units sold. Renault ZOE closes out the top three with 3,606 registrations.
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 would 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.