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Renault Confirms Battery Purchase Program Coming Soon

3 years ago by Eric Loveday 11

Renault ZOE

Renault ZOE

Renault ZOE celebrating with colleagues in Palace of Versailles

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.

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11 responses to "Renault Confirms Battery Purchase Program Coming Soon"

  1. Anon says:

    Ah, those French can be stubborn… 😉

    1. @Mr.Twizy says:

      Free electric cars by oppressive contracts!

      They make us believe that the politicians and the manufacturers are in favor of the development of electric cars, the reality, they make you sign oppressive contracts on the batteries (Renault Twizy) which don’t make it convenient to purchase for the customer, any savings on non-use of fuel is deleted, and the most striking thing is that you also return the vehicle in the event that if I did not want to hire more batteries! To keep you tied up and get you to spend a life, do not allow the purchase of batteries but just hire a life and other terms that you will find described in the petition!!! Or you make them overpay thus ensuring long life pollution, the use of oil, to the sale of motor vehicles heat. Gentlemen, it is time to send them to dig the earth!
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      Ils nous font croire que les politiciens et les fabricants sont en faveur du développement des voitures électriques, la réalité, c’est qu’ils vous font signer des contrats harcèlement sur les batteries (Renault Twizy) qui facilitent son achat pour le client, des économies sur non-utilisation de carburant est supprimée, et la chose la plus frappante est que vous revenez aussi le véhicule dans le cas où je ne voulais pas d’embaucher plus de piles! Pour vous tenir ligoté et obtenez-vous de passer une vie, ne permettent pas l’achat de piles mais juste embaucher une vie et d’autres termes que vous trouverez décrits dans la pétition !!! Ou vous les faire surpayer assurant ainsi la pollution de longue durée de vie, l’utilisation de l’huile, de la vente des véhicules à moteur thermique. Messieurs, il est temps de les envoyer à creuser la terre!
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      Sie machen uns glauben, dass die Politiker und die Hersteller sind für die Entwicklung von Elektroautos , die Realität ist, dass sie dich Verträge zu unterzeichnen Belästigung auf den Batterien (Renault Twizy), die es bequem, für den Kunden kaufen zu machen, alle Einsparungen auf nicht-Nutzung des Kraftstoffs wird gelöscht, und das auffälligste ist, dass Sie das Fahrzeug auch für den Fall, dass ich zurückkehren wollte nicht mehr Batterien mieten! Sie zu halten gefesselt und bekommen Sie ein Leben lang, nicht den Kauf von Batterien, aber nicht zulassen, dass sich einfach einen Lebens und andere Begriffe, die Sie in der Petition beschrieben finden !!! Oder Sie machen sie so viel bezahlen eine lange Lebensdauer Verschmutzung, die Verwendung von Öl, mit dem Verkauf von Kraftfahrzeugen Wärme. Herren, es ist Zeit, sie zu senden, um die Erde zu graben!
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      Nos hacen creer que los políticos y los fabricantes están a favor del desarrollo de los coches eléctricos, la realidad es que te hacen firmar contratos de acoso en las baterías (Renault Twizy) que hacen que sea conveniente para la compra para el cliente, cualquier ahorro en se elimina la falta de uso de combustible, y lo más sorprendente es que también se devuelve el vehículo en caso de que yo no quería contratar a más baterías! Para mantenerte atado y obtener a pasar una vida, no permita que la compra de baterías, pero sólo contratar a una vida y otros términos que se encuentran descritos en la petición !!! O que los hacen pagar de esta manera asegurar la contaminación por vida, el uso de aceite, a la venta de vehículos de motor térmico. Señores, es hora de enviarlos a cavar la tierra!
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      Ci fanno credere che i politici e le case produttrici sono a favore dello sviluppo delle auto elettriche, la realtà è che ti fanno firmare dei contratti vessatori sulle batterie (Renault Twizy) che non rendono conveniente l’acquisto per il cliente, tutto il risparmio sul mancato utilizzo del carburante viene cancellato, e la cosa più eclatante è che devi restituire anche il veicolo nel caso in cui non volessi più noleggiare le batterie! Per tenerti legato e farti spendere a vita, non permettono l’acquisto delle batterie ma solo noleggio a vita e altre clausole che troverete descritte nella petizione!!! Oppure te le fanno strapagare garantendo così lunga vita all’inquinamento, all’uso del petrolio, alla vendita dei veicoli a motore termico. Signori, è giunta l’ora di mandarli a zappare la terra!
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  2. Osbrook says:

    Does this affect the whole Renault EV range?
    Twizy Zoe and Kangoo?

  3. Lustuccc says:

    Battery rental is a dead end. First we care much more of a battery we own, and second, with rental we are dependent of the prices fluctuations.

  4. Priusmaniac says:

    Battery rental may be ok but forced battery rental is not. Customers must have the choice.

    1. Mark C says:

      Agreed. Optional ability to purchase the battery pack {if priced reasonably} is OK, mandatory rental only and I wouldn’t even consider looking at the car.

  5. krona2k says:

    About time. Also they need to give their dealers some serious education, at least in the UK. There’s been a number of occasions where Zoe’s have been bricked because the dealer has failed to plug them in. Although to be fair at least one of those anecdotes is from a dealer that didn’t ask for a Zoe.

    I recently saw a dedicated Zoe advert on the TV, so maybe Renault are now going to make some effort. I don’t think I’ve seen a single one on the road, but it looks so much like the Clio that it’s hard to tell, I always do try to check when safe to do so.

  6. robster says:

    Ah and what about a new battery with higher density? Might be too soon..

  7. jmac says:

    Leasing or Buying ?

    Here’s a story from Sweden:

    “My dealer told me the (Zoe) battery is €12.000, but of course it won’t be that much by the time it needs replacing.” says a woman from Sweden who bought a Zoe.

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Nissan says a new Leaf battery will cost just $5500 or about 1/3 the price of a EU 12.000 or ($15,000 U.S.equivalent) Zoe battery.

    The Fluence ZE battery swap idea blew up in the face of Renult. Then, sales for the cute little Twizzy NEV with no factory windows tailed off, and now it appears people don’t want to pay exorbitant lease rates for batteries in the case of the Zoe.

    The Zoe is a cute little car.

    Hey Renault, “Let My People Go !!”

    1. Mikael says:

      The Leaf battery costs nowhere close to $5500, and Nissan has never said so.

    2. kentish zoe says:

      Bear in mind that the Zoe outsells the leaf 3:1 in europes biggest ev market – france but sells few in Norway where the battery is sold outright.

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