Nissan LEAF

Nissan LEAF

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

Renault Fleunce Z.E.

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.