UPDATE – Renault Finally Ends Mandatory Battery Rental In France

APR 2 2018 BY MARK KANE 20

Renault is finally putting a stop to its mandatory battery rental scheme (separate from the car purchase) in France. The halt begins this April.

Renault ZOE

***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

Read Also – Confirmed: 2018 Renault ZOE Gets Power Increase

Whether ZOE sales will now increase due to the availability of a full purchase option remains unknown. But we’ll find out soon.

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Renault should have done this much sooner.


The Nissan Leaf is obviously the superior choice.

Not the same size class. The Zoe is a subcompact (Euro B-segment), the Leaf a compact family car (Euro C-segment).

Incidentally, Micra mentioned in the article is also irrelevant — the Micra is one size class smaller yet, euro A-segment.

>>Incidentally, Micra mentioned in the article is also irrelevant — the Micra is one size class smaller yet, euro A-segment.<<

Sorry, you're incorrect.
The Nissan Micra is – and always has been – in the 'Supermini' class [or what you call subcompact], aka the 'B-Segment'.
Right in there with stablemates like the Fiesta, Corsa, Polo, Clio, Ibiza, Fabia, 208, Yaris, etc.

Nissan's A-Segment car used to be the Pixo, until it was discontinued in 2013.
Now they don't have a car in the 'City-Car' class, aka the A-Segment.
At least, they don't in Britain, anyhow.

Obvious to whom? Nissan batteries packs deteriorate, the 30 kWh are even worse.

I don’t believe that’s a significant problem in most of Europe. It’s not that hot.

Better becouse Overlease and Renault don’t replace battery under Rental (from Alicante,Spain).
My Fluence Ze has gone to ZE service 6 times (lasting 2 weeks every one to estimate SOH) in last year to confirm SOH lower than 75% (by speach only). Never give nothing to me, any paper or certificate of SOH, (they say i’ve only got right to aply for test, but not get the result by contract!!!What???). I alwais know SOH of battery with ODB and Fluencespy (great android app, thanks to Moleiro). Now is 62% SOH (1 year and 12 monthly rental payments under 75% SOH) and waiting for ever, any news, paying every month and there is not estimate date to replace battery.
You’d better get away from Renault.

has any journalist ever compared quality standards Renault, PSA vs. GM,Toyota and others ?

And yet the Zoe has an active thermal management system. Obviously, one would need to make more data to make conclusions, but strange nonetheless.

The battery rental scheme might work if the car itself wasn’t horribly expensive even without the battery pack. People do expect to pay more because of the battery but when the car even without the battery is ridiculously expensive it becomes obvious what a scam it is.

Yes they produce much fewer EVs than ICEs but the EV lacks several parts that go into the ICE car such as the engine and gearbox. The vast majority of the car is the same: suspension, steering, interior, panels, and largely the structure.

Certainly right to give the customer a choice of lease or purchase, but if the above complaint about battery degradation is common, then maybe lease is the right way to go.

What is the lease rate for the battery?

It’s 40 pounds a month in the UK not sure on the rest of europe

James, I wish!

It’s £49/mth ($69) for only 4.5k miles per year
£59/mth ($82) for 40kWh battery (4.5k miles)
£110/mth ($152) for unlimited 40kWh

Note: battery lease only! You still have to buy/lease the car…


Finally. Battery rental might makes sense for some use cases, and I expect Renault did it to allay people’s anxiety about batteries after the warranty period, but it should never have been mandatory.

The battery owned i version has been available in other countries for over 2 years and sells in tiny numbers compared to battery lease. Far from boosting sales but nice to have the option.

Well, I paid £8000 for my Zoe ZE40 Dynamique in March 2017. It was previously registered but a cancelled sale, and never driven, from a main dealer.
In 12 months we have done 16,500 miles without issues on the unlimited battery rental. With Economy 7 charging this works out slightly cheaper than running our Kia Picanto which is a smaller car. Not considering depreciation of course, but I was comfortable paying £8k for a 2017 ZE40. No noticeable battery degradation yet.

The Battery rental is a very good idea, but the prices Renault is Charging for batery rental are absurd

With the first generation, they wanted to make money and have a low range EV that would become less attractive due to the rental. Then they could have said that no one wants EVs…
Many of the first generation Zoes ended up in government or company fleets as city cars. A nice way to make money from renting. Also, if you rent out the battery, someone destroying it for lets say “reverse engineering” will have to pay for a long time or reveal himself.
The surfacing of longer range EVs got the Zoe a nice range increase, and in many markets, the “buying” option has increased Zoe sales. Now with the arrival of the Leaf, sales are dropping in France. Of course the buying option is added when they have no other choice.
At the unlimited range, the rented battery becomes a cash cow after less than 54 months, and even earlier if Renault pays less than 200$/kWh for a pack.