French plug-in hybrids push government toward purchase bonus again
Renault and PSA Group have finally joined the gang of plug-in hybrid vehicle producers. The first will concentrate on smaller cars while the second will only offer the technology on its biggest products. The French government is considering reinstalling the purchase bonus that was dropped at the beginning of the year.
At the Paris Motor Show, PSA presented its future plug-in hybrid vehicles. Based on the EMP2 platform, the DS7 Crossback will be the first to benefit from the technology next year. Afterwards, Peugeot will roll out its plug-in hybrid versions of the models 508 and 3008. On the Citroën stand there was a concept of a plug-in hybrid version of the new C5 Aircross.
B segment PHEV
While the PSA Group brands are concentrating on the big cars to introduce the plug-in hybrid technology, Renault is going the other way and aims at the B segment. The Captur will be the first vehicle of its type to be equipped with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
The two brands took the opportunity of the Paris Motor Show to present their fully electric alternatives as well. PSA presented the electric DS 3 Crossback E-tense, and Renault previewed its K-ZE, a low-cost electric car aiming at the Chinese market.
Currently, in France only electric cars benefit from a 6.000 euro purchase bonus. A 1.000 euro bonus existed for hybrid cars but the government decided to drop it at the beginning of this year. “It’s important that authorities reflect on the creation of plug-in hybrid incentives”, declared Alexandre Guignard from PSA.
With sales increasing by 73% compared to last year, France’s plug-in hybrid market is growing. In Europe, the PHEV sales progressed by 44% between April and June but in China the technology’s sales increased by 227%.
New French Minister of Ecological Transition, François de Rugy, declared to newspaper Figaro that he was favourable to the introduction of a 1.000 or 2.000 euro purchase bonus for plug-in hybrid cars. “We will discuss it with the government and with the car makers, there is a need for purchase bonuses on plug-in hybrid vehicles”, promised the Minister.