Mortality has increased on the roads of France, by 21% in May compared to the same month in 2019, the year before the pandemic. 293 people were killed. All the indicators are up, with 5,039 bodily accidents, or 8% more. The explosion of bicycle traffic exposes this population more than ever. +30% of fatalities in this category over the last 12 months, including a high proportion in built-up areas.
Electric is doing well in France, with a 33% increase in volumes in May, compared to the same month last year. This represents 16,287 registered vehicles, or a market share of 12%. Stellantis and Renault are a hit, with the Fiat 500 in order, ahead of the 208, the Twingo, the Spring and the Mégane E-Tech. The French electric fleet will have 600,000 cars in August, a target expected at the base for the end of 2022.
Renault continues its transformation towards an all-electric future. The French giant associated with the Chinese equipment manufacturer Minth Group will set up a joint venture in the North. The location at the heart of the ElectriCity pole in Ruitz of this manufacturer of battery boxes will minimize costs and secure supplies. The capacity will reach 480,000 units in 2025. The other major advantage is production with low-carbon electricity in France.
The component crisis continues to weigh on Stellantis sites in France. Sochaux has been shut down since June 15. In Rennes-La Janais, production is suspended until July 1. However, demand is high for the 5008, 3008, C5 Aircross manufactured in these factories. The group has oriented the priority of supply on these chains, but the rate of supply does not follow. Consequences: some employees are placed on partial activity. The directions meanwhile train the staff and advance maintenance.
Do not miss the test of the week, the Mazda CX-60, illustrating the arrival of the Japanese on the premium market. See you on Tuesday on leblogauto.com.
Finally, the novelties of the week: BMW unveils an already legendary icon before its release, the M3 Touring, one of the fastest station wagons in the world. The major product news is above all the brand new Peugeot 408, which we filmed exclusively. Don’t miss our video by clicking on the link.
A new world is settling in. The electricity market is growing a little more each month. Factories are dealing with a persistent flea crisis. France is becoming more and more cyclist, with the dangers that go with it. However, sports cars are still not dead, and style is once again establishing itself as a mark of differentiation between brands.