Half-Year Plug-In Sales For Europe – Renault Zoe Takes Lead From The Nissan LEAF

JUL 23 2013 BY JAY COLE 18

Renault Zoe Takes A Spin In France - A Country Where The Zoe Outsold The Entire Field 762 to 535 In June

Renault Zoe Takes A Spin In France – A Country Where The Zoe Outsold The Entire Field 762 to 535 In June

While we do a lot of work reporting on the US plug-in sales every month, we tend to neglect other countries and regions throughout the world because…well, there is a lot of them.  Not everyone wants to see a monthly update on EV sales in South Africa.

Finally We Get To Use This Picture Of The LEAF In Front Of Famous Euro Landmark!

Finally We Get To Use This Picture Of The LEAF In Front Of Famous Euro Landmark!

Europe is another story however, as we like to highlight one or two individual countries from the region every month, and then do a semi-annual review at the end of every June and December.

So, looking at the calendar, we have procrastinated long enough…Europe’s time has come.

Entering June, the Renault Zoe had a thin lead on the LEAF, but the month finally saw the Renault take the lead away from its”Alliance” partner for good, as 1,358 of the 93 mile* EVs were sold.

Top 10 Europe Plug-In Sales: January 2013 – June 2013

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    The Bolloré Bluecar Lets Us Use Our “French Function” Keyboards For The First Time

    Renault Zoe – 4,770

  2. Nissan LEAF – 3,973
  3. Renault Kangoo ZE – 2,965
  4. Toyota Prius Plug-In – 1,965
  5. Smart Fortwo ED (est) – 1,500
  6. Opel Ampera – 1,098
  7. Volvo V60 Plug-In – 489
  8. Mitsubishi i-MiEV – 486
  9. Citröen C-Zero – 382
  10. Bolloré Blue Car – 258

Of interest:

  • the Renault Twizy, which we don’t like to add to the list because A) it is technically a quadricyle and B) is a low cost NEV would have finished 5th on  the list with 1,634 units sold to date
  • the Chevrolet Volt, which shares everything but some superficial sheet metal and a badge with Opel Ampera sold 232 copies in Europe (11th)
  • the best seller for 2012 in Europe (outside of the Renault Twizy that sold a little over 9,000 copies), was the Opel Ampera at 6,631 copies, followed by the Renault Kangoo ZE (5,667), Nissan LEAF (3,973), and the Toyota Prius plug-in (3,496)

As for June itself, just to see how sales are trending in the short-term.  Here is the top 10 sellers.

Top 10 Europe Plug-in Sales: June 2013

  1. Renault Fluence ZE Finds Itself In Need Of A "Better" Partner For The Second Half

    Renault Fluence ZE Finds Itself In Need Of A “Better” Partner For The Second Half

    Renault Zoe – 1,358

  2. Nissan LEAF – 711
  3. Renault Twizy  – 380*
  4. Toyota Prius Plug-In -189
  5. Opel Ampera -179
  6. Smart ED (est) – 170
  7. Mitsubishi i-MiEV – 63
  8. Volvo V60 Plug-In – 47
  9. Renault Fluence ZE – 29
  10. Chevrolet Volt – 25

Special thanks to Kimmi at EV-sales.blogspot for filling in some holes for us on this one!

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18 Comments on "Half-Year Plug-In Sales For Europe – Renault Zoe Takes Lead From The Nissan LEAF"

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Thanks for not forgetting us Jay, appreciated:-)

So, how are EV sales in South Africa? 🙂

Not happening. Yet. But there’s talks that Nissan will start selling the Leaf by the end of this year and BMW is also willing to sell the i3 in SA next year, if that happens, it will be the first african country to join the EV Sales club.

Wow, i’m surprised the PiP outsold the Ampera/Volt.

Ampera/Volt = 1330
PiP = 1965

What is the price difference in the UK on these?

No Fords?

The Ford Focus EV will arrive in Europe in the Fall, with the C-Max Energi expected to arrive next year.

It’s also interesting to note the top 3 sellers in Europe are pure BEV’s. I guess they don’t do nearly the cross-country travelling, we do here in the US, so range extenders are not as needed. I wonder how the Telsa Model S will sell in Europe, with triple the range of these other BEV’s, that may not be needed.

What does the Zoe have over the Leaf? Why is it selling well of late?

The Zoe is a bit smaller than the LEAF and it carries a lower base MSRP: €20,700 vs 23.790€. Additionally, it allow high-speed AC charging.

And Renault is a French company, where many of the Zoe’s are sold. There were 4,774 EV’s sold in France alone, which is Europe’s biggest EV market.

The Smart ED numbers are ways too low.

Too expensive relative to the competition?

No, they sold much more than what it’s claimed here.
Germany only:

300
164
72
130
180
135
=981

Total european sales will be more like 2000.

smart ed is the only automaker we only have fractional numbers for (hence the estimated tags)…still working on actual/full numbers, but it was holding up running the post

…do you have a link to those Germany sales for June? (will adjust up to reflect vs the estimate)

Thanks for the Fortwo ED numbers, where did you get them? It’s hard to get accurate figures from this model in several european countries, like Holland or the UK.

So, Leaf has sold as many this year by June as it did all of last year ? Infact the numbers exactly match – or is that a typo ?

The Nissan Leaf sold 5.275 units last year, as you can see here: http://www.ev-sales.blogspot.com/2013/02/europe-full-year-2012.html

I’m really surprised sales in Europe aren’t higher, seems like the more compact cities, higher fuel prices and well developed rail for longer trips would favor EVs. Perhaps they are just deciding not to own a car at all.

The V60 number is clearly way too low. 414 were sold through June in Sweden alone, which is not the largest market. Volvo recently increased the 2013 production target from 5000 to 7600 because of increased demand, especially in Holland, Belgium and Italy.