22-Month Renault-Nissan Electric Vehicle Trial Proves That EVs Can Reduce CO2 Emissions by 45.5 Tons Over 350,000 Miles

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 3

Nissan LEAFs Participated in the Trial

Nissan LEAFs Participated in the Trial

The Renault-Nissan Alliance released the complete results of what its calling the biggest electric vehicle trial to ever take place in France.

So Did Some Renault Kangoo Z.E.s

So Did Some Renault Kangoo Z.E.s

The 22-month, 65-vehicle trial took place in the Seine-Aval region of France and included the participation of some 51 towns and five municipal governments.

Though the trial concluded some time ago (December 2012 to be exact), it took Renault-Nissan quite some time to analyze all of the data.

But now, the results are in.

Renault-Nissan says that those 65 electric vehicles covered a combined 350,000 miles.  All told, the CO2 reduction was an astounding 45.5 tons.
The electric vehicle fleet consisted of 20 Renault Fluence Fluence Z.E.s, 10 Nissan LEAFs and 35 Renault Kangoo Z.E.s.

The average distance traveled daily was only 25 km (15.5 miles) and the well-to-wheel CO2 emissions figure used in the calculations was 16 g/km for the electricity consumed by the vehicles.

Renault-Nissan says that the stunning results were made possible by some driver training tips that showed the EV users how to improve range by up to 25%, despite only a 1% drop in average speed.

Since some of the electric vehicles were used by fleets, a total of 150 drivers participated at some point.  15% of those drivers averaged more than 60 km (37.3 miles) daily.

Some 130 charging stations were installed as part of the project, but only 45 were public-access units.  The rest were installed at the 40 companies who participated in the trial.

Though the trial is now over, those charging stations will remain.  So, the Seine-Aval region of France is now home to the densest population of chargers in the world.  The region can boast that EV owners are never more than 9 miles from the nearest charging station.  Imagine that!

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3 responses to "22-Month Renault-Nissan Electric Vehicle Trial Proves That EVs Can Reduce CO2 Emissions by 45.5 Tons Over 350,000 Miles"

  1. Ocean Railroader says:

    This sounds like a very good study but I wounder how many gallons of gasoline the EV’s saved in this experiment. In that to me when they talk about global savings with EV’s they always talk about CO2 but rarely about gallons of gas.

    The Nice thing now though is there are ten times more EV’s on the road now then during this study so the results must be even more impressive.

  2. Mint says:

    Just goes to show how global warming should not be the focus of EVs as much as preventing local pollution and cost of ownership. At $38/ton, the social cost prevented is only $1700 over 22 months for 65 vehicles that cost ~$1.8M to build. Those EV will have to be on the road for 20 years to get a 1% of its cost back in benefits of global warming prevention.

    Thankfully, the economics do make sense now with oil prices where they are. Lease an EV and you start saving right off the bat.

    1. Ocean Railroader says:

      I think they should spend more time talking about how they could cut down on smog or save gas in that smog is something that can be stopped a lot faster with EV’s then global warming. Also global warming is something that anti EV people will bring up saying so what they save on global warming they will have to build more natural gas plants or coal fired plants to power them. But with cutting down on Oil use it could be promoted for places that have cheap electric rates or areas where the smog is out of control.