Electric car sales: Tesla and MG decline, Renault takes off with its Twingo

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With the end of the ecological bonus for vehicles produced outside Europe and social leasing implemented at the start of the year, the electric automobile landscape has been profoundly changed in just a few months.

As a reminder, here are the top 5 best-selling electric vehicles for the whole of 2023:

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  1. Tesla Model Y: 34,081 registrations
  2. Dacia Spring: 27,204 registrations
  3. Peugeot e-208: 21,705 registrations
  4. Fiat 500e: 21,427 registrations
  5. MG 4: 18,201 registrations
  6. Renault Megane e-Tech: 15,981 registrations

Social leasing in action

Despite an identical number of working days (19) between May 2023 and May 2024, registrations, all energies combined, are down 2.91% with a total of 141,298 (PFA figures). However, electric sales are doing a little better in terms of market share (17% compared to 16% in May 2023) and in total number of sales (+5.4%).

In an uncertain economic context and against a backdrop of high prices for new cars, a fortiori for electric, it is obvious that government support is essential. While waiting for all these electric cars promised at bargain prices (Renault R5 E-Tech, Volkswagen ID.2 And ID.1etc.), customers have little choice and have even fallen back on a model that was basically forgotten: the Renault Twingosaved by social leasing.

With 1,688 registrations in May 2024, it jumped 457% compared to the same period last year and took second place in the ranking. It is preceded by the Peugeot e-208 with 2,662 models sold. The podium is completed by the Renault Mégane E-Tech, 1,614 units sold.

MG4

The MG 4, which sold very well last year, suffers from the loss of the bonus.

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These three models benefit fully from social leasing, since all are eligible, unlike Tesla Model Y, which takes fourth place (1,420 deliveries) and sees its sales fall by almost 50%. Nevertheless, the SUV survives thanks to ecological bonus always accessible (production in Berlin requires). This is not the case for the Dacia Spring, which despite a fairly low price only takes 90th place in the ranking, with only six sales. However, the old model has given way to the new over this period and sales should start to rise again.

Another model which suffers head-on from the loss of the ecological bonus is the MG4. Made in China, it shows a 75% drop in sales and takes 19th place with 396 registrations (it was 4th in 2023!).

Here is the table :

1 PEUGEOT 208 2662
2 RENAULT TWINGO 1688
3 RENAULT MEGANE-E 1614
4 TESLA MODEL Y 1419
5 OPEL CORSA 1351
6 FIAT 500 1293
7 PEUGEOT 2008 1193
8 VOLKSWAGEN ID.3 1144
9 BMW IX1 932
10 TESLA MODEL 3 763
11 SKODA ENYAQ 752
12 RENAULT SCENIC 507
13 OPEL MOKKA 492
14 JEEP AVENGER 477
15 CUPRA BORN 435
15 HYUNDAI KONA 435
17 AUDI Q4 E-TRON 428
18 VOLKSWAGEN ID.4 421
19 MG MG4 396
20 FIAT 600 383
21 CITROEN e-C4 348
22 MINI MINI 326
23 VOLVO EX30 292
24 PEUGEOT 3008 278
25 BMW 4 SERIES 256
26 TOYOTA PROACE 230
27 BMW IX2 204
28 MERCEDES EQA 173
29 VOLVO XC40 143
30 PEUGEOT 308 140

Since the beginning of the year

From January to May 2024, the ranking is slightly different, since vehicles purchased at the end of 2023 have been delivered, allowing models like the MG 4 or the Volvo EX30 to post good sales, but which will change little over time. the rest of the year. On the contrary, models sold during social leasing continue to be delivered, and there is little doubt about the continued success of the Peugeot e-208.

Dacia Spring 2024

With the loss of its ecological bonus and its ineligibility for social leasing, the Dacia Spring will see its sales collapse in 2024.

© Dacia

However, the new Citroën e-C3, sold at a good price, is making a promising debut and should approach the podium during the year.

Here is the ranking:

1 PEUGEOT – 208 15,924
2 TESLA MODEL Y 9360
3 FIAT 500 8981
4 RENAULT MEGANE-E 8099
5 RENAULT TWINGO 7462
6 PEUGEOT 2008 6163
7 TESLA MODEL 3 6090
8 MG MG4 4312
9 BMW IX1 4183
10 OPEL CORSA 3567
11 CITROEN e-C4 3332
12 VOLVO EX30 3170
13 DACIA SPRING 2888
14 VOLKSWAGEN ID.3 2618
15 FIAT 600 2538
16 HYUNDAI KONA 2490
17 SKODA ENYAQ 2322
18 JEEP AVENGER 2060
19 KIA NIRO 1724
20 OPEL MOKKA 1611
21 RENAULT ZOE 1580
22 CUPRA BORN 1536
23 BMW 4 SERIES 1429
24 AUDI Q4 E-TRON 1409
25 RENAULT SCENIC 1167
26 VOLVO XC40 1159
27 MINI MINI 1132
28 MERCEDES EQA 1100
29 KIA EV6 1072
30 VOLKSWAGEN ID.4 1064
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