Renault ZOE, the best-selling full-electric car in Europe in 2015

Renault ZOE, the best-selling full-electric car in Europe in 2015

Renault's flagship electric car - the ZOE, reached a significant milestone in France this month, passing 25,000 units sold to date.

In its home market the ZOE always shines, often exceeding 50% of the total market share among passenger BEVs. In March, a record 1,370 ZOE were moved, so the model is showing no signs of aging amongst the buying public.

In 2015 alone, the ZOE found over 10,000 new homes in France, and was best selling BEV in Europe overall. In 2016, it seems reasonable to assume that we could see at least ~15,000 sales in France, perhaps even as high as 20,000.

Since the EV's introduction in early 2013, Renault has sold nearly 45,000 ZOE throughout Europe.

Range of new ZOE R240 is 240 km on the ever-optimistic NEDC scale (149 miles) compared to previous (still available) ZOE Q210 (210 km/130 miles NEDC ).  Translating the ZOE to the "real world" driving environment (EPA-similar), about 100 miles is expected, which is very decent considering the source of the range is a ~23 kWh (usable) battery (although we should note that there are also some indications that the total energy is higher than 25 kWh).

A 65 kW electric motor is good for city driving, but highway performance is a bit tame, with  a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) run taking about 13.5 seconds.  Well, the extra range has to come with trade-offs from somewhere.