Renault-Nissan Sell 43,829 Electric Vehicles in 2012

1 year ago by Eric Loveday 13

Nissan LEAF

Nissan LEAF

In terms of pure electric vehicles, there’s no matching the numbers posted by the Renault-Nissan Alliance.

Renault Fleunce

Renault Fleunce Z.E.

Nissan boasts only 1 pure electric vehicle:the Nissan LEAF.  On the other hand, Renault offers a wide selection of pure electric vehicles: Fluence Z.E., Kangoo Z.E., Zoe and the urban-oriented Twizy.  With five pure electrics at its disposal, it should come as no surprise that the Renault-Nissan Alliance dominates the battery-only segment.  Here’s a look at the global numbers posted by the Alliance in 2012, with a dash of Nissan LEAF cumulative sales data since launch added in for your enjoyment.

Renault Twizy

Renault Twizy

According to the Renault-Nissan press blast:

“In 2012, global sales of all zero-emission vehicles across the Alliance were 43,829 units, up 83.8% from 2011 as Nissan LEAF sales increased worldwide and Renault launched two more EVs.”

Renault Zoe

Renault Zoe

But what’s even more impressive is the Alliance’s worldwide zero-emissions dominance.  In 2012, the Alliance grabbed hold of 64 percent of the zero-emissions segment and that percentage doesn’t include sales of the Twizy, an urban commuter that’s not technically classified as an automobile, but as a quadricycle (think motorcycle, but with four wheels) in most countries.

Renault Kangoo Z.E.

Renault Kangoo Z.E.

For the Alliance, sales of zero-emissions vehicles began in December 2010 with the global launch of the Nissan LEAF.  Since then, the Alliance has racked up a cumulative sales total of 67,723 zero-emissions vehicles sold globally.

The Nissan LEAF dominates in the zero-emissions segment.  In 2012, Nissan sold 26,976 units globally, an increase of 22% from 2011.

Cumulative sales of the LEAF hit 49,117 units since its launch in December 2010.

On the flip side, Renault’s cumulative sales number for zero-emissions vehicles now sits at 18,606 units since the October 2011 debut of its first electric vehicle, the Kangoo Z.E.

In 2012, Renault sold 16,853 zero-emission vehicles.

Is there any other automaker that’s even remotely close to competitive in the zero-emissions space with the Renault-Nissan powerhouse?  We think not.

 

 

 

 

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13 responses to "Renault-Nissan Sell 43,829 Electric Vehicles in 2012"

  1. kdawg says:

    Not in the zero-emissions catagory, but ~40K Volts have been sold worldwide.

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Other noteable 2012 worldwide sales numbers (because who doesn’t love them? lol):

      Prius plug-in was just over 26,000 units sold worldwide in 2012 (although not available for all 12 months of the year worldwide) before counting Japan/Europe sales for December (which I have not seen as of yet). So lets pencil them in for about 27,000 (+/-500)

      Chevy/Holden Volt and Opel/Vauxhall Ampera (AFAIK…so many place to tally) was just north of 30,300 for 2012.

      I can’t figure out Mitsu’s reporting system well enough to take a stab at 2012 (nor do I care to take the time to), but total worldwide sales look to be just north of 22,000 through January 2013.

      1. Mark H says:

        Is there any automotive/research/whatever report out there that dare take a stab at global EVs sold in 2012? Would that number be north of 200,000? Everybody wants to know when the first 1,000,000 happens. Looks like the first “cumulative global” million could happen by 2015.

        1. Kimmi says:

          I’m close to have it, here’s how it stands, still missing some december sales in markets like japan or belgium:

          Volt family – 30K;
          Leaf – 27K;
          Prius Plug-In – 26K;
          Renault Twizy – 9K;
          I-Miev family – 8K;
          Renault Kangoo ZE – 5.6K;
          Tesla Model S – 2.5K;
          C-Max Energi – 2.4K;
          Renault Fluence ZE – 2.1K;
          Fisker Karma – 1.8K.

          1. Kimmi says:

            Oh, and total sales in 2012 are at some 123.000 units.

    2. GeorgeS says:

      I thought it was 30000 Voltecs in 2012??

      1. kdawg says:

        Yes it was. I was speaking cumulative, to compare it to the Leafs ~50K accumulative sales.

  2. GeorgeS says:

    Jay,
    Do all these Nissan/Renault electrics use the same battery cells?

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Yes, they are all LiMnO2, fairly standard now (also in the Volt). Your going to see the NMC LiNiMnCo probably starting with Infiniti LE in 2014 (although that is very much not confirmed).

      If you are asking are they from the same source? No.

      Some Euro-zone battery plants got screwed up/discontinued due to the local economy/government for Renault/Nissan.

      The Portugal plant (capacity 50K units) got completely shuttered because of their local economy and the fact no EVs were made close by. (logistical nightmare)

      The Flins, France production plant got seriously wounded by goverment red tape and instead of producing this past summer, it is going to take to at least mid-2014 to a plant going in France. In the end Renault just cut the government out (and will not build in Flins), and instead of accepting a gov’t investment and loan that was terribly complex, they opted to just do it themselves, which eventually morphed into a joint Renault/LG operation. (100k capacity delayed).

      In the meantime, Renault-Nissan has sub contracted out cells to LG Chem (Volt provider), and they supply all the cells in the Twizy city car, and will also pick up the slack on the Renault Zoe (which just went on sale at the very end of 2012-59 units sold to date…but is going to sell A LOT of copies in the future).

      AFAIK, the current LG deal runs through 2015, but Renault/LG are also planning to run next-gen batteries together as well out of France, likely around 2016, for sales in 2017.

      1. Josh says:

        In addition to the chemistry, is the cell format/size the same in the Renault packs as well? Do they also use the same 4 cell modules that the LEAF uses?

        If so, any chance they use the new US facility to help supply EU demand until the US sales use up its capacity?

  3. Jay Cole says:

    Pretty much the same set-up, just different housing. Here is the Twizy pack:

    The US facility is not going to aid Renault in anyway in Europe. However, it is going to supply the e-NV200 packs that are manufacturing out of Barcelona, Spain in a few months, as well as doing the worldwide contract on the Infiniti LE, which should start doing pre-production runs in late fall of this year for early 2014 release.

    Random thing: Unlike the automation found with the Nissan LEAF, or moreso with the Tesla Model S, the Twizy is 100% built by operators, no machines/robots at all. Perhaps due to the size and ease of manipulation…but still strange in this day and age.

    1. Kimmi says:

      The spanish factory of the Twizy is prepared to make 20.000 units, last year made 9.000.

  4. Herm says:

    The Twizy is a very simple 4 wheel scooter with a roof..

    I wonder about the logistics of shipping batteries.