The crisis, yes, but not for everyone! If car sales fell again by 15.7% in France over the first two months of 2022, worrying insofar as January-February 2021 was not really what we can call a good vintage in this matter, the electric ones still and always have the wind in their sails. It is of all the new vehicles sold those that have progressed the most with + 58.9%. It is certainly not the only one to achieve an excellent score but, all the same, the Tesla Model Y, the 2nd SUV of the Californian brand freshly landed on our lands, makes a reassuring entry by placing itself directly in the top 10 of best-selling electric models on our territory (see table below), not bad!
7th most popular electric model
In fact, Tesla is with the French brands the only manufacturer to place 2 models so high in the ranking. The Model 3 is still in a very good place. No longer first, the Dacia Spring is now slightly ahead of it. Only 88 registrations separate them, it’s very little when you know that the American costs more than twice as much as the Romanian. Well, we must recognize that the Model Y does not sell as well as her. But, we suspected more or less, it is logical given its much higher price (higher than the sedan but also than all the other models making up the top 10). And then, it is a little early to draw definitive conclusions. Sales figures for the California sedan kept surprising us last year, those of the SUV could well do the same in 2022. But, whatever the case, between them, the Model 3 and the Model Y represent 15% of the 23,672 electric cars sold since the beginning of the year.
The e-208 beaten by the Model Y in February
Other small victories for the new Tesla, it is already – just – ahead of the Peugeot e-2008. The Sochaux brand is generally in poor shape. Admittedly, the urban SUV has progressed, but the 7.6% increase is modest when compared to that of a Renault Twingo E-Tech Electric (+42.8%), a zero-emission Fiat 500 (+ 60.8%) or, still her, a Model 3 (+ 122.3%). Above all, while the trend is on the rise in watted cars, the e-208, which is very recent, is already collapsing (- 30.5%). Delivery problem or disinterest already for Peugeot electrics? It will be necessary to analyze the figures in a few months to determine whether this is a basic trend or a temporary difficulty. And also note that 866 of the 877 Model Y registered since the beginning of the year were registered in February. In this month alone, it ranks 6th overall…far ahead of the e-208, which sold only 783 copies. Still in the month of February alone, the Model 3 leads the general ranking and is well ahead of the Spring (by 1,369 units) and, Model 3 and Y combined, the Teslas represent more than 1/4 of total car registrations. electric!
Top 10 best-selling electric cars since the start of 2022
|Vehicle||Number of copies sold from January to February 2022||Evolution 2021-2022|
|VehicleDacia Spring||Number of copies sold from January to February 20222,842||Evolution 2021-2022–|
|VehicleTesla Model 3||Number of copies sold from January to February 20222,754||Evolution 2021-2022+122.3%|
|VehicleRenault Zoe||Number of copies sold from January to February 20222,450||Evolution 2021-2022+ 17.4%|
|VehiclePeugeot e-208||Number of copies sold from January to February 20221,966||Evolution 2021-2022– 30.5%|
|VehicleRenault Twingo||Number of copies sold from January to February 20221,679||Evolution 2021-2022+ 42.3%|
|VehicleFiat 500||Number of copies sold from January to February 20221,651||Evolution 2021-2022+60.8%|
|VehicleTesla Model Y||Number of copies sold from January to February 2022877||Evolution 2021-2022–|
|VehiclePeugeot e-2008||Number of copies sold from January to February 2022867||Evolution 2021-2022+7.6%|
|VehicleHyundai Kona Electric||Number of copies sold from January to February 2022836||Evolution 2021-2022+7.9%|
|VehicleKia and Niro||Number of copies sold from January to February 2022794||Evolution 2021-2022-39.6%|