New ZOE Pushes Renault EV Sales Up By 64% In January To 2,800 Registrations

FEB 17 2017 BY MARK KANE 17

Renault electric car sales – January 2017

Renault increased sales of its electric vehicles in January by an impressive 64% to 2,799 (excluding the Twizy).

A result that makes us wonder whether or not (or rather just when) the French manufacturer will soon break into the 4,000s for the first time.

Renault ZOE

As of now, 1.6% of worldwide Renault light vehicles sales are of the all-electric variety, compared to 1.2% year ago.

Not surprisingly, the best selling model is the ZOE, which took off this month thanks to a more energy dense battery, providing up to 300km (186 miles) of real world range.:

  • Renault ZOE – 2,637 (up 78%)
  • Renault Kangoo Z.E. – 157 (down 33%)

As for the Kangoo ZE, it should be getting a big pop in sales as well in a couple months, as an upgrade for the all-electric van arrives this Summer.  The new Kangoo ZE 33 (details) has a NEDC range of 270 km/167 miles, which translates to about 200 km/125 miles in ‘real world’ driving conditions

For the ZOE, we sense a new record is just a month or two away.

Renault ZOE sales – January 2017

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17 Comments on "New ZOE Pushes Renault EV Sales Up By 64% In January To 2,800 Registrations"

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Nice little EV that ZOE. If Renault can drive down the battery cost, it should be an affordable EV available to many Europeans.

Another (Euro) industrial point of view

What I find strange with the Zoe sales figures in Europe is how big sales are in France and how comparatively small sales figures are in the rest of Europe. I see two possibilities (there are probably many more), either French market sucks so many of the new 41Kwh Zoe that not many are left for other markets, second possibility is an heritage of rapport poor image that French car manufacturers have/had in the rest of Europe due to fit and finish & reliability issues French cars were known for. Probably a mix of both + some other factors like huge EV incentives that exist in France.

Renault Zoé 42 is on sale in France only until Renault receive the certicate of conformity from the other country. Renault said it will take 8 to 9 months. Some country will have the Zoé 41 in June 2017.
Every plant of Renault in France has reach their maximum capacity of production since november 2016. As Rebault produces the Zoé in the same plant as the Clio and the Nissan Micra 2017, Renault can’t increase the production of the Zoé without touching the production of the Clio and the Micra.
Renault seems to receive more than 1,500 orders per month for the Zoé 40 without any advertising in France.
Perhaps because the Zoé 40 don’t have a Combo charger could be harmful for the futur. But actually I’m impresse by the impact on the French market.
I will see when the Zoé 40 will reach the Norvegian market in a few months.

From the European Union web-site.:

“Technical harmonisation in the EU is based on the Whole Vehicle Type-Approval System (WVTA). Under the WVTA, a manufacturer can obtain certification for a vehicle type in one EU country and market it EU-wide without further tests. The certification is issued by a type-approval authority and the tests are carried out by the designated technical services.”

If France is OK with the Zoe40, the rest of the EU is OK with it to.
Production and logistics are an issue, and dealers started to offer the new ZOE only after they received the first showroom / testdrive cars. Typical time between order and delivery is 6-10 weeks. In Europe cars are mostly sold the way Tesla does business, by order, not from the dealer’s lot.

You are right, as a citizen of the EU you can import the car from country where the model has the certification. But as an carmaker, Renault can also ask is network dealer to wait the certification of their own country.

At the Mondial de l’Automobile, last October, Renault said that will take 8 to 9 months.

Here in France you can import a car with a certification from the other country of EU, but you have to declare the car to the “Mine” and it cost you a little money. Without that you can’t have the incentives for BEV.

If the other country do the same, people will wait the certification of their own country.

In France you have dealers that import some Renault from EU country and registrated it to the “Mine” for you and the final price can be 20 to 30% lower than the French price.

Renault are not plugging them hard in the UK at least, I’ve had 2 and they’re great little cars – would have happily had a 3rd. The PCP deals are about double what I paid for my first one at around £300/month and the R90 version would take over an hour to charge at a rapid. Both points led to to get a 30kwh leaf instead. Maybe I’ll consider one next time round if the prices are right.

Hi Dan,
I have a 24kW leaf and love it. Due for changing it in a few months, but was starting to look at the zoe for the range, however your post is interesting that you have moved over to a leaf. Was it just that you got a better financial deal?

The french are a bit chauvinistic. They prefer their own cars.

I dont think Zoe results in other countries are weak. In January: 1st in Italy, Austria
2nd in Swiss,
3rd in Neds,
4th Germany

In Portugal and Spain most likely in top 3 as well.

The ZOE is a nice car but I don’t quite get it.

The lack of DC charging and the small size make it unusable for longer journeys. It remains a city car. But in this case it does not need such a large battery. 40kWh is a bit of a overkill for it. It seems that Renault just got into the 200 mile race instead of considering how they could get the most out of the car. If they had kept the battery at 30kWh and dropped the price by 20%-30% they could have gotten a much bigger impact on the EV market!

I don’t think 10kWh is about 20-30% of car cost. Assuming lower number of your range it’s mean that 40kWh pack is 80% of car value.

DC charging with a 22kw charger is useless , every charging station is a quickcharger , no need for uncommon , expensive DC charging station , also you can charge form redplug everywhere in the world. The battery still a little too small , 60-70 kWh should be the perfect size for the Zoe

For DC charging you don’t need a charger in the car. The electricity goes directly from the external charger to the battery.
And charging “everywhere in the world” is possible with all EVs. It is quite difficult to find a plug that can provide more kW than most EVs would handle.

That’s exactly the reason we got our Zoe for at the end of last year, when Renault were trying to sell their leftover stock of the 22kW model. Me and my wife carpool every day with a total 24 miles commute. Fuel costs have gone down from £150/month to £30 ( that’s on a normal energy plan ). We didn’t get the best possible PCP deal as we just went for it, but couldn’t be happier with the purchase. Car drives very well, it’s clean and looking forward to the weather improving as low temperatures are really taking a toll on range. We plan on hiring for longer planned journeys and rellying on family and friends for unexpected events, or maybe buying a cheap ICE that won’t lose too much value.

PS I was really chuffed yesterday when the guy at the car wash looked at the car really intrigued and asked why does it sound like a space ship.

France has tons of 22kW public chargers…Having a large battery is convenient for people who do not have a garage and need to recharge in the street. They don’t need to constantly recharge.

There are big incentives in France (6k on the EV and you can add 4k if you give up an old diesel car). A total of 10k you can deduct even from a Leasing cost.

Thanks JOE —what I needed to know !