Renault Electric Car Sales Up By 20% In May – Details

JUN 26 2016 BY MARK KANE 11

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

Unlike other major automakers producing plug-ins, Renault has the difficult task of having to make a business case for the plug-in platform by supplying only Europe.

So far that has not been a problem, as the French company is doing quite well, taking in the #1 spot in model ranks in May for Europe, thanks to the all-electric ZOE.

In total for the month, Renault sold 1,889 electric cars – up 20%.  It was also the 21st consecutive month of growth for the brand.   Including in the all-electric quadricycle Twizy, which was up (for a change) by 15% in May, the net plug-in total was 2,073 registrations.

Renault all-electric model breakdown for May in Europe:

  • Renault ZOE – 1,668 (up 35%)
  • Renault Kangoo Z.E. – 221 (down 34%)
  • Renault Twizy – 184 (down 21%)

As you can see, the ZOE is the key model that drives Renault BEV sales. At this point, the growth isn’t stunning but it’s at least stable.  We should note this is also at the end of the 1st generation life for the ZOE, a time notorious for sales drop-offs.  This Fall we should see a new ZOE, with much further range announced at the Paris Motor Show the first of October.

So far this year, Renault has sold some ~11,500 electric cars, and nearly 750 Twizy.  As a comparison to a year ago, Renault had sold ~7,500 and nearly 1,000 respectively.

Renault ZOE sales – May 2016

Renault ZOE sales – May 2016

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Unfortunately the battery lease is a scam to make the running costs higher than a gas/diesel similar car like Clio.

Cheap running costs are electric car’s greatest advantage, Renault successfully destroyed this one so they can keep selling gas cars.

Though not a friend of Renaults “battery lease only”-policy, I like to object. With the lease Renault was able to cut the initial price of the Zoe EV down to 16,500 Euro with incentives. Next cheapest EV is the Mitsubishi iMiEV for 19,500 Euro with incentives and without a battery rent.

Zoes battery is valued at 7,000 Euro (insurance value). That’s about 7-6 years of battery rent (depending on your milage) and I doubt that many people will hold it that long with 200-300 mile battery tec around the corner.

Look at their home market, France, they sell the Renault Clio for 13.700 € and the Zoe without batteries for 22.100 €.

How scamy is this? An car with all the ICE junk is almost 10.000 € cheaper than an empty electric car without the battery.

Buying incentives are counterproductive, they make prices go up. If automakers dropped the prices they admitted that they don’t need incentives, then they would end. So they keep the prices high to justify taking public money to finance private profits. Public money should only be invested in public transportation, never in private greed.

If automakers want to sell cars, they should only be able to sell non polluting cars, only then they would be serious about electric cars. If they have the choice they prefer to sell cars with programmed obsolescence like gas cars with many moving parts, more prone to failure.

Scam? Oh please. It is just business. Like it? buy one. Don’t like it? Buy something else.

It’s scam because it involves lies about how much electric cars actually cost to make…

By definition a scam isn’t a forced deal, it’s just one with lies involved. In this case to make you think that the price is fair. It’s not. An empty Zoe should always be cheaper than an ICE Clio.

I can’t agree with your comments. I own a Renault ZOE and I sell lots of them. The ZOE is the cheapest EV you can currently buy in the UK by a fair margin. For some people it can be paid for by what they used to spend on petrol.
Maybe EVs should be cheaper, but it makes no sense to criticise the cheapest one.


Believe it or not, but there was a time when people were very sceptical about the life expectancy of a battery. The lease construction therefor was a good idea. The buyer wouldn’t have to worry about the battery.

The prices for Zoë and Clio don’t seem that strange to me. Have you seen the difference in sales numbers? Low volume will off course be more expensive.

I’m not saying they don’t make a nice profit margin on the Zoë, but I don’t feel like it’s scam either. I do think buying incentives for new green technology are necessary to speed up transitions.

Possibly, but the ZOE isn’t offered with a battery lease in all markets. In Norway you buy the car and the battery just like with any other EV. The strangest thing they’ve done IMO is the downgrading of the onboard charger, which until MY 2015 could charge at 44 kW on type 2. Type 2 chargers cost 1 NOK per minute while CHAdeMO/CCS is 2,50 NOK per minute. So previously ZOE owners charged basically just as fast as, say, a LEAF at under half the price and with less congestion (since no one else can charge faster than at home on type 2, the outlets weren’t in high demand). Almost as inexplicable as Mercedes’ decision to not equip the B-class with any kind of fast charging or even semi-fast (22 kW) on its type 2. Type 2 is actually a great system for Europe and Asia, where 3-phase AC charging is much less expensive to deploy than DC. The latter will become much faster of course, but that won’t really benefit many of the existing affordable BEVs since only the Kia Soul EV can take more than 50 kW on CHAdeMO. (Tesla could in theory charge at 120 kW at… Read more »

Forgot to mention: Type 2 actually supports somewhat fast DC charging in addition to AC. For some reason it’s never implemented in either the charging points or the cars, but the standard supports up to 500V, 140A. (In Europe, Tesla uses a fortified version of the plug – and type 2 compatible – which can handle 250A for 120 kW supercharging.)

It’s a pity virtually all the cars have crappy onboard chargers. I don’t think it’s all that expensive considering it was standard on the 2014 ZOE.

Battery lease has also it’s avantages. In Belgium people have the choice to lease or to by, and some still lease the battery because Renault will take care of it for the entire car’s life.
For companies in France, it also avoid to go above the 18 300€ limit, above which you have extra taxes.
But I agree we should have the choice to by or lease the battery. Like the Leaf for example.

It’s still questionable if the price is fair. I’m fairly sure a normal insurance approach would have been much cheaper for the customers, and perhaps with better coverage (not sure what capacity you’re actually guaranteed if leasing the battery).