Tesla Model 3 Ranks No. 1 for Top Plugin Vehicle in France: December 2021

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It’s no secret that electric vehicles (EVs) are on the rise, with many countries around the world beginning to see the technology top overall auto sales lists for the first time.

Plugin EVs made up a whopping 32 percent of France’s market share in December, with the Tesla Model 3 becoming the eighth most-purchased vehicle in the country’s entire auto market, according to Clean Technica.

While France’s 2020 saw overall auto sales down 26 percent year-over-year, 2021 saw slight improvements, up just 1 percent from the prior year.

Total plugin EV sales were up 6 percent in December, with a total of 23,168 battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) being sold for a 12 percent increase year-over-year.

In 2019, France’s EVs took up just 3 percent of the overall market share, and with them having taken up nearly a third of the market in 2021, it’s safe to say that things are changing.

While the Tesla Model 3 landed France’s top-sold EV in December with a total of 3,959 units sold, other notable EVs included the Renault Zoe (3,532), the Dacia Spring (2,787), the Peugeot 208 EV (1,598), the VW ID.3 (979) and the Nissan Leaf (677), among others.

For January to December 2021 plugin vehicle sales (includes plugin hybrid and all-battery electric vehicles), the Model 3 led with 24,911 cars sold, beating out the Renault Zoe at 23,573.

The Tesla Model 3 remained the country’s top-selling EV for much of last year, initially knocking the Renault Zoe off the top in the months January through May.

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