That’s pretty impressive growth. According to figures relayed by the economic magazine Challenges, electric cars represented 7% of new car registrations in France between January and April 2021. Over the same period, two years ago, their share was only 1.8%. However, this level remains stable if we compare it with that of last year.

The finding is also positive with regard to plug-in hybrids which account for 7.3% of the market against 0.7% in 2019. Finally, simple hybrids represent 15.7% of this total (4.3% there are two years).

The drop in aid fears the worst

The French manufacturers are particularly successful on these green vehicles. So, ” Peugeot even manages to achieve 18% of its sales in France with zero-emission models or plug-in hybrids, Renault 27% with, in addition, simple non-plug-in hybrids. », Specify our colleagues.

However, some clouds are on the horizon for the sector. The ecological bonus on purchases of electric cars, which is an important factor in consumers’ decisions, will in fact decrease from July 1. Today capped at 7,000 euros for an individual, it will be 6,000 euros in a little less than a month, then will drop to 5,000 on January 1, 2022.

Likewise, the aid granted for plug-in hybrids will increase from 2000 to 1000 euros next July, before their final abolition in 2022. This makes say to the experts consulted by Challenges that hybrid or electric vehicles should continue to cost much more than thermals.

Note that opinions are quite divergent on this subject. According to a study by the BloombergNEF Research Institute that we relayed recently, electric vehicles could be cheaper to manufacture than thermal vehicles by 2027. To explain this development, analysts put forward a main element: the fall in the cost of batteries. The increase in production volumes should also allow prices to fall, they argued.