Renault ZOE had record sales in January

New Renault ZOE
New Renault ZOE

Last month in France the Renault ZOE was the third best selling car with 5.331 units delivered to private buyers, only behind the ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) cars PEUGEOT 208 and Renault Clio.

To the 5.331 units sold to private buyers, we can add 140 more that were sold to companies, making a total of 5.471 new Renault ZOE units sold in France last month.


Let’s see the car sales figures to private buyers in France last month.

French car sales to private buyers in January 2020


The best selling car was the PEUGEOT 208 with 9.463 units sold, of which 2.537 (27 %) were electric (e-208). This percentage could drop in the coming months since Peugeot expects that only 15 % of the total 208’s sales to be electric.

The Nissan LEAF also managed to be in the top 100, but only achieved the 99ยบ position.


French car sales to private buyers by energy type


The great sales month of Renault ZOE helped the overall electric car sales increase to 8,2 percent of the total private car buyers market. Moreover, by comparing this January sales to last year, we can clearly see the trend of ICE sales being replaced by hybrid and electric.

Anyway, last year Renault sold more than 46.000 units of the ZOE worldwide, but didn’t reach the full production capacity of 60.000 units. However, due to more stricter EU emission standards starting this year, Renault expects to incrementally increase annual production capacity until reaching 120.000 units by 2022.


Finally, with the introduction of the Renault Twingo ZE this year, Renault seems to be in the right track to consolidate its position as an electric car leader in Europe.

Moreover, Renault also promised a new-generation electric motor for 2021. Current electric motors from Renault were designed for small cars and low speeds. A new electric motor it’s definitely required to allow better efficiency at high-speeds and it’ll probably be introduced in a larger electric car like a crossover or SUV. An all electric Renault CAPTUR wouldn’t surprise me…


What do you think? Was January sales figures an exception? Or it just demonstrates that Renault is starting to push ZOE’s sales harder, not only due to stricter EU emissions regulations, but also due to the arrival of good alternatives such as the PEUGEOT e-208, Opel Corsa-e, Volkswagen ID. 3, Kia e-Soul and Hyundai Kona Electric?



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Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. Iโ€™m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.

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1 year ago

ยฟAre Renault Zoe ZE40 or ZE50?

1 year ago
Reply to  Pedro Lima

In Portugal you have both the ZE40 and ZE50 but both battery capacities believe in the new platform….I might be mistaken…
Een the ZE50 there are with 2 different motor power capacity.

1 year ago

I think that Peugeot 208 ll numbers include BEV variant. Or they didn’t started to deliver them yet?

1 year ago

Its happening! The 95g/km CO2 limit its being taken seriously. In Portugal January probably PEV share will be 10%. January numbers are about 230 Zoes (900 in all 2019) and about 90 of the new Peugeot e-208.

1 year ago
Reply to  Pedro Lima

Most likely is e-208
it could be ION for a car the sharing service IMOV but they use Citroen C-zero for their fleet

1 year ago

Thid is just the beginning of the transformation from ICE to EVs. The manufacturers who are not adapting will not be in the business