Renault Not Concerned Over Better Place Bankruptcy; Automaker Says Only 1% of Alliance’s EV Sales Were Linked to Battery Swap Specialist

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 1

The Battery Swap Capable Renault Fluence Z.E. Never Sold in Volume

The Battery Swap Capable Renault Fluence Z.E. Never Sold in Volume

The recent (okay, it’s not really recent as it’s been almost a year in the making now) collapse of Better Place won’t phase French automaker Renault.  Not even a single bit.  Well, maybe just a tiny bit.

Renault Twizy Easily Outsells Fluence

Renault Twizy Easily Outsells Fluence

Gilles Normand, Renault’s Asia-Pacific director, says the automaker’s deal with Better Place represents only a bit more than 1 percent of the Alliance’s total electric vehicle volume.  So, losing out on that 1 percent won’t dent the Alliance’s efforts.

In fact, the battery swap-capable Renault Fluence Z.E. has been easily outsold by all of Renault’s other electric vehicles, none of which are swap-capable.

Total electric vehicle sales for Renault: > 25,000

Renault Twizy Sales: Just shy of 10,000

Renault Kangoo Z.E. Sales: > 8,760

Renault Fluence Z.E. Sales: >3,500

Renault Zoe Sales: >2,500

But, you see, the Fluence Z.E. went on sales way back in 2011, so it was never a strong seller.  Whereas the Zoe just bust onto the scene and should surpass Fluence Z.E. sales this month or next.

Normand added that “quick drop” technology represented only “an extremely limited part” of the $5.2 billion that the Alliance plans to invest in electric vehicles by 2015.

So, all indications are that losing Better Place won’t impact Renault much, if at all.

Source: Reuters

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One response to "Renault Not Concerned Over Better Place Bankruptcy; Automaker Says Only 1% of Alliance’s EV Sales Were Linked to Battery Swap Specialist"

  1. Martin T. says:

    1%, my that snake oil salesmen took the investors for super ride!
    Nissan will now be building the batteries in – makes more sence…$

    say any news on super caps to allow quick charging or replacing batteries,
    that’s got to have more merit than Better place…