Renault Samsung Motors SM3 Z.E. Tops Electric Car Sales Chart In South Korea

1 year ago by Mark Kane 6

Renault Samsung Motors EV sales in South Korea - November 2015

Renault Samsung Motors EV sales in South Korea – November 2015

Samsung Motors SM3 Z.E.

Samsung Motors SM3 Z.E.

South Korea’s electric car market celebrates 5,600 electric cars registered (total).

That’s not much, but it’s expanding – in 2014 new registrations amounted to less than 1,200, while this year 1,000 could be achieved by the most-popular model SM3 Z.E. alone (that was the target).

In total, 80% of the 5,600 registrations belong to:

  • Samsung Motors SM3 Z.E. (1,604) since November 2013
  • Kia Soul EV (1,534) since April 2014
  • Kia Ray EV (1,303) (few years pilot project)

Samsung Motors SM3 Z.E. finds 900 sales through the first 11 months of 2015 (in 2014 it was 309 and probably around 400 in 2013).

SM3 Z.E. was introduced as the South Korean version of Renault Fluence Z.E., but locally made, modified and equipped with a 3-phase fast charging system used previously in the Renault ZOE.

South Korea’s second best selling electric car in 2015, the Kia Soul EV, maybe will take #1 in 2016:

Kia Soul EV

Kia Soul EV

Kia Ray EV

Kia Ray EV

Source: dt.co.kr

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6 responses to "Renault Samsung Motors SM3 Z.E. Tops Electric Car Sales Chart In South Korea"

  1. Big Solar says:

    So, Ray = Mini Soul?

    1. Anon says:

      Ray is Soul’s fugly little brother. 😉

    2. Seth says:

      More like i-Miev, looks like it’s a Kei car platform for Japan.

  2. Pedro says:

    Samsung car with LG battery. How ironic.

  3. Speculawyer says:

    For a country that makes so many EV components, they sure don’t buy many EVs.

    Get with the program South Korea.

  4. Anon says:

    I do like the looks of the SM3…