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