Renault ZOE celebrating with colleagues in Palace of Versailles
Finally, Renault has decided to take our advice by offering battery purchase alongside its current battery rental program.
7 months ago, we wrote:
"Our prediction is that slowly but surely Renault will abandon the battery rental program in favor of outright selling its EVs. The automaker’s dwindling EV sales will convince it to make the switch."
"As nearly all of of our commenters have mentioned, this battery rental idea is what’s holding Renault back. Look for it to change soon."
Well, the battery rental program may not be on its way out, but at least Renault has listened to us and will soon add an outright battery purchase options to its EVs.
Oddly, our prediction that battery purchase was coming soon was shot down and we were even boldly called out at the time for being wrong. However, we knew from our sources that Renault was heading in the battery purchase direction, so it looks like we get the last laugh this time around.
Word of Renault's change of heart comes from Ken Ramirez, Managing Director at Renault UK who told SpeakEV forum member Qdos that Renault is in the process of advising dealers on how the new battery purchase program will work. Renault tells Transport Evolved that a formal press release is coming soon.
Here's what Qdos posted on SpeakEV:
I wrote to Ken Ramirez at Renault UK about his announcement that Zoe battery's are going to be an optional purchase.
This afternoon his office rang to confirm it, and are just saying "watch this space" as they're in the process of advising dealerships of the new options and tariffs.
I hope to find out more tomorrow as I couldn't spare the time on the telephone today - and they said they'd like to know more about my antcipated usage and impressions of both Renault and the car.
Be sure to keep on eye on the SpeakEV forum for the latest info on Renault's battery purchase program and just as soon as that official press release comes over the newswire we'll post all the details here.