Renault Electric Car Sales Down In June After 21-Months Of Uninterrupted Growth

JUL 24 2016 BY MARK KANE 12

Renault BEVs sales – June 2016

Renault BEVs sales – June 2016

Renault’s Lineup Of Pure Electric Cars – Fluence Z.E., Twizy, Kangoo Z.E. and ZOE

Renault’s Lineup Of Pure Electric Cars – Fluence Z.E., Twizy, Kangoo Z.E. and ZOE

Renault failed to show an increase in electric car sales in June,  ending a record string of 21-months of consecutive growth.

Full size electric car sales decreased last month by 3% to 2,863, while after including the Twizy heavy quadricycle, the decrease is 5% (at 3,078 registrations total ) compared to previous year.

Renault all-electric model breakdown for June:

  • Renault ZOE – 2,439 (down 2.7%) and 11,982 YTD
  • Renault Kangoo Z.E. – 418 (down 3.7%) and 1,976 YTD
  • Renault Twizy – 215 (down 25.6%) and 961 YTD

As most of the Renault EV sales relies on the ZOE, here we discover the main cause of the decrease.

Renault ZOE sales – June 2016

Renault ZOE sales – June 2016

Although for the full year to date, things are still looking very strong for the French automaker when it comes to plug-ins, ending the six month period at around 14,300 sales (15,250 including Twizy), which is respectively 37% and 31% more than a year ago.

Renault BEVs sales – June 2016

Renault BEVs sales – June 2016

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12 Comments on "Renault Electric Car Sales Down In June After 21-Months Of Uninterrupted Growth"

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There was a contest in june 2015 for Renault dealers. At least in France, I don’t know if it was worldwild.
Dealers delay some may 2015 sells to june 2015. And they make the definitive registration to the prefecture for their clients. By that, some july registrations was done in june.
In France it was about 400 to 500 registrations. This year there is no contest.
This year in France perhaps BEV will be more than 25,000 registrations. It will be already a great year if there will be only 23,000 registrations.

Thank you, that is some really good insight from the French market. Similar to end of year rushes in the Netherlands, some of the numbers are heavily influenced by these promotions.

It always looks weird, it used to be a slump in december because they would wait for the new ear for registrations in NL, but because of the tax rules they sell 3 times as much in december and almost nothing in January and February.

Everything has gone bonkers.

May be some of the Germans were waiting for the subsidy to start in July.

I don’t why this Twizy was even introduced. With the wheels projecting outside the body and door that can only partially cover the vehicle, it looks like half car half neighborhood vehicle.

Battery upgrade needed…

I’d rather wish they made the current Renault Clio Break electric, that car has a lot more utility over the standard 5 door hatchback model.

And include a towbar, and support roof rails. Yes this will trash your efficiency, but I’m not buying a 20k euro car just for me, it needs to works for it’s money. It’s just so convenient to be able to move some bigger things from the hardware store, it’s not the range.

This september there will have the motor show in Paris. And a lot of people hope an annonce from Renault for a Renault Zoé with ~50kWh.
With 50kWh the Zoé can have 300km range in the city and 275km on the motorway at 110kmh.
I hope more electric cars. Why not a Twingo ZE or a Megane ZE.

Same battery weight, with new cells would result in ~ 42 kWh brutto capacity.

As a rule, people want to own the gas tank that’s in their car.

Renting your gas tank (battery) from Renault is like buying a 1.5 carat diamond for your fiancee, then having to rent the gold setting from the jeweler for the rest of your life.

That was Renault’s first big mistake.
The second was the Better Place battery swap idea.

Zoe would be much further along in sales if Renault had ditched the battery swap and battery rent ideas from the outset.

I think that’s a mistake from Renault to propose only a rental battery for some countries.
They should offer the rental system for whom want it. And to sell the battery to those want a 100% car.

+1! The Leaf offers both and is sold by over 90% with a battery included and less than 10% rented.

The renault model of renting the battery makes obly sense if your battery gets upgraded at no cost as soon as a bigger battery is available.

No word about the Fluence Ze which is the biggest of the cars shown on the photo? I know that the most popular car is the Zoe, but no information on the bigger EV sedan.

It has been out of production fir some time, since it’s main purpose was to serve the better place firm.

A much more competent version of the Fluence ZE (with Zoe hardware) is only being bult and sold in south Korea.

I think they didn’t return it to Europe because sedans are almost a niche market… I actually heard around 2012 – 13 that one of the largest markets for the regular Fluence was Ireland…