Renault Zoe Hot Seller in Home Country During February

The all-electric Renault Zoe drove up total French plug-in vehicle sales 7.4 percent over the previous year.

Zoe sales in its home country grew 32 percent to 1,565 units sold. That made for 69 percent of passenger battery electric vehicle sales in that market.

Avere-France, the association for development of electric mobility, reported 3,121 plug-in vehicle registrations in February. Passenger BEVs made for 2,271 of those vehicle and were up 19.6 percent over last year. Passenger plug-in hybrids made up only a slim share of the market at 457 units sold, and were down 17 percent from February 2016. Light commercial BEVs had 393 units sold and were down 13.6 percent.

Car shoppers in France appear to be impressed by the new Renault Zoe Z.E. 40, which was launched last fall at the Paris auto show. The new generation Zoe comes with up to 41 kWh. The longer range of is officially 400 kilometers (about 248 miles) by European NEDC standards, but Renault admits real-world range is more like 300 km (186 miles).

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The Nissan Leaf was No. 2 in the market with 277 registrations, followed by the BMW i3 at 172 sold. Tesla still has to make its case in France, selling on 55 of the Model S and 12 of the Model X during that month.

The Renault Zoe has been the hot seller in the European market, finishing 2016 as No. 1, slightly ahead of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

The European Alternative Fuels Observatory reported that the Zoe came in at 21,337 units sold versus the plug-in hybrid Outlander finishing at 21,328 sold in 2016. The observatory tracks plug-in vehicle sales in European Union member countries.

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