Renault is finally putting a stop to its mandatory battery rental scheme (separate from the car purchase) in France. The halt begins this April.
***UPDATE - April 2 - Renault says this will go into effect tomorrow, April 3.
France has so far been the largest market for Renault EVs, but all ZOE sales there were battery leases. Now, it seems that full purchase will be applied to most and soon hopefully every other country in Europe.
The problem that Renault still needs to solve is the price €8,900 higher (including 20% VAT tax) for the version with Z.E. 40 battery (41 kWh), while even before without the battery included ZOE was significantly more expensive than Renault Clio or Nissan Micra (€12,000).
Prices in France without €6,000 EUR subsidies:
- Renault ZOE Life: €23,700 (battery rental); €32,600
- Renault ZOE Zen: €25,100 (battery rental); €34,000
- Renault ZOE Intens: €25,900 (battery rental); €34,800
- Renault ZOE Edition One: €28,300 (battery rental); €37,200
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Whether ZOE sales will now increase due to the availability of a full purchase option remains unknown. But we'll find out soon.