Renault Electric Car Sales Up 70% Year-Over-Year In March

MAY 15 2015 BY MARK KANE 14

Renault ZOE In France Pushes Overall Worldwide EVs Sold Ever Closer to 1 Million

Renault ZOE In France

Renault continues strong growth year-over-year moving 1,925 or 70% more all-electric vehicles this March, returning to its best form.

Cars division (excluding Twizy) is growing even faster by 74%.

The French flagship ZOE stood at some 1,349 units in March. Kangoo Z.E., on the other hand, had 327 sales for the month of March, while Twizy checked in at 242.

Overall, the YTD result for Renault’s electric car sales through the end of March is 4,240.

Very important is growth of ZOE (slightly over 3,000 YTD), which last year at this time had less than 1,250 sales and 1,635 in the first quarter of 2013.

The new ZOE R240 should increase the sales even further.

Renault BEV Sales Worldwide – March 2015

Renault BEV Sales Worldwide – March 2015

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Now that Zoe can include the battery when sold, sales have gotten quite a bit better…

Officially only in United Kingdom and Norway Renault sells the cars with battery included. With the introduction of the new and more reliable Zoe R240, it’s a matter of time to Renault extend this to the remaining European countries. Renault can easily be the electric car leading automaker in Europe if it wants to. Just need to end the mandatory battery leasing in all EV models and countries.


Oh… and they need to add CCS also.
Then it might actually become interesting.


A direct DC connection to the battery allow future Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) implementation and of course faster charging.


Seriously, it’s nice to see PEV sales in Europe finally starting to show real numbers. Too bad it took significant government incentives (and/or restrictions on carbon emissions) to get that to happen.

In what way is that bad?

Now we want the US to try to catch up, in both percentage and absolute numbers.
Maybe some more incentives and restrictions are needed there to get people to do the right thing.

Sadly, as far as I know, only in Norway and the UK you can have the battery included. But nowhere else in Europe, not even in its homeland France.

Most of the sales boom for the Zoé does however come from France, but not because the batteries are included, but because since the first of april you can get an extra 3700 euros on top of the 6300 euros incentives when you trade in an old diesel, that will be scrapped. Renault uses this to lower the leasing rate to 99 euros a month (for 5000 km a year) or 139 euros (for 12500 km a year). And that leasing rate is with the batteries included.

I think in france battery purchase is possible. You can get French imports with batteries included.

Yes that started in April, but here we’re talking about sales through the end of March 2015.

Awesome news… now offer the Twizy in the US… we can help the numbers.

They can’t sell the Twizy in the USA unless they limit its speed to 25mph to make it qualify as an NEV. And at that speed, it is pointless.

There is a 25 mph Federal Speed Limit (which needs to change), but it’s also a bit of a grey-area at the State Level:

“Those states that authorize NEVs generally restrict their operation to streets with a maximum speed limit of 35 or 45 mph (56 or 72 km/h). Because of federal law, car dealers cannot legally sell the vehicles to go faster than 25 mph (40 km/h), but the buyer can easily modify the car to go 35 mph (56 km/h).”

There is no reason Twizzy could not be electrically speed limited, and later, user “unlimited” after the sale, to run faster and legally in some US states.

A hint for sales in this month – Renault offers a 5000€ rebate for Zoe in Germany. Most likely to clear old inventory until the R240 version joins the game. But it is a nice benchmark to see how Germany would do with the incentives of France: