Renault Hopes To Produce About 35,000 ZOE This Year

2 years ago by Mark Kane 23

Renault Zoe Rolling Down Assembly Line

Renault Zoe Rolling Down Assembly Line

Renault ZOE

Renault ZOE

Renault is step-by-step increasing production of its flagship ZOE.  The all-electric car is manufactured in the company’s Flins plant in France, and is sold throughout Europe.

The ZOE is produced alongside the Clio IV using batteries supplied by LG Chem.

Since 2013 production has increased some 4 times, beginning at around 9,000/year to the current pace of ~160 cars a day:

  • 2013 – 9,000 annually
  • 2014 – 14,000 annually
  • 2015 – 20,000 annually
  • 2016 – 35,000 annually

According to the plant manager, Olivier Talabard, 35,000 is still far from the initial volume projections for the ZOE, but forward progress is still being made.

The Renault ZOE recently reached 50,000 sales cumulatively, and with hopes of now selling 35,000 annually, it will be difficult for any other all-electric model to achieve higher sales in Europe in the near term.

In the first quarter Renault sold ~ 6,000 ZOEs, so the average for the rest of the year would need to about 3,000 per month.

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23 responses to "Renault Hopes To Produce About 35,000 ZOE This Year"

  1. Eric says:

    I’d buy one in a flash, if only they did away with the ridiculous lease-only battery scam. Save loadsamoney on fuel and maintenance, spend it all on monthly payments to Renault. No thanks.

    1. Someone out there says:

      If they’d price it right it could be a good model. Not owning the battery relieves you of the problem of battery degradation.

      However, you are paying the equivalent of an expensive ICE and then you additionally have to pay more every month than you would buying gasoline. It just doesn’t work!

      1. arne-nl says:

        “Not owning the battery relieves you of the problem of battery degradation.”

        With the extra information that they’ll only give you another battery once capacity drops below 70%, at which moment you have a nearly unusable car.

        1. przemo_li says:

          BS. EV batteries do not loosecurrent that fast.

          ‘70%’ was “thumb-up-my-a$$’ prediction about usability oflower range.

          As majority of EV drivers learn even for 80 mile EVs. You charge every other day or even rarer.

          So car loose 30% capacity. Bad luck now You charge every night. For the next 40%.

      2. Mr. M says:

        Expensive ICE, for 16.000€ really?

        1. trololo says:

          Yes, it is expensive. In fact, it is as expensive as a diesel car, because low energy cost and low maintenance costs are ruined by monthly lease fee, 94€ per month in my case.
          It’s cheaper for me to run a 2nd hand Auris HSD, given it purchase price, and I have more room…

    2. notting says:

      https://www.renault.co.uk/vehicles/new-vehicles/zoe/battery-and-charging.html -> switch from “battery hire” to “full purchase”…

      Hope a Megane Z.E. with full purchase will come soon…

      notting

      1. Eric says:

        That’s only possible in the UK and Norway only. Not in the rest of Europe, even if you ask very nicely.

    3. wavelet says:

      I truly don’t get it.
      I certainly see some people preferring to lease rather than own the battery, and trade off some cost for predictability of the car’s most expensive component.
      But why make it mandatory? What advantage does Renault see from this?

    4. Nero says:

      Starts from £18k, fully yours with battery. They started to sell with battery a year or so ago, so it would be nice of would investigate before state.

  2. Eran M says:

    As a big EV fun & a 2012 Renault Fluence ZE owner,i can only hope Renault will improve there service and warranty when the car battery gets bit older and losses more then 40% capacity in 3 years!!
    so make sure you get a clear and singed warranty to your battery – or else look for a different EV manufacture.

    1. Seth says:

      Not sure why you think the battery degradation is that high. According to the Renault techs the 1st 3 year old cars show about 5%, which is not even enough to impact range yet.

      1. wavelet says:

        Going by the model year & his name, I suspect Eran is in Israel and has one of the former Better Place (BP) cars.

        As far as I knew, however, the battery on these Fluence models was always owned by BP, not Renault itself (or the Israeli importer), and BP guaranteed a certain level of capacity as part of the BP service agreement.
        Not sure how that’s handled by the company that bought out BP after it went bankrupt, but it’s unlikely that Renault or the importer are involved.

    2. Leaf says:

      The problems was with the Fluence, not the Zoe. I know around 30 Zoe driver and nobody loose more than 10%. Leaf also had problems in hot climate but not in Europe. Renault-Nissan will learn about this problems.

    3. arne-nl says:

      I have a Zoe, and after almost 3 years and 80,000 km, there is no noticeable degradation.

    4. Sommer says:

      Hello Eran,
      how many kilometers have you driven so far, do you use fast charging?

  3. Iller says:

    I’m a happy Zoe owner (including the battery). Renault even paid for type 2 charge point and electrical work! Cheaper to buy than Leaf and e-Golf. Have owned the car for a year now, works without trouble in temperatures ranging from +30 to -40 degrees C! Too bad Renault doesn’t sell the Zoe stateside and mess about with battery leasing in Europe..

  4. vdiv says:

    Best feature of the Zoe is the onboard 43 kW AC charger. It makes the current DCFC CHAdeMO and CCS look really absurd. Wish more EV makers take onboard AC charging a bit more seriously. It would have made the deployment and maintenance of the public charging network much easier.

    1. Surya says:

      Yep. Which makes me all the more sad because the newer R240 model only has 22kW on board charging, with no faster option available. Good thing the Q210 is still available.

  5. Twizyflu says:

    You can buy it with batteries because rental Companies can (needed for incentives). So in Austria it Is possible – but it costs the battery’s new worth Price 8400 incl VAT in Austria e.g – since the beginning! Nissan Takes 5000 or 6000 (!) for a new one.

    And: the 43 kW AC Charger only comes with Zoe Q210/R210 – Not the new R240 Model (!)

  6. RN says:

    Zoe and Leaf, two world leaders!

  7. Absidu says:

    Effictive incentives (non-government) this year for ZOE are 10-25% in most of european markets.
    It’s nice that they’re making EV’s affordable for masses.

  8. Jose says:

    The Zoe is a nice EV car. Sorry that it is not available in the US. The battery monthly rental I dont like. I hope that the new 2017 Leaf comes with a front fascia that resembles the Zoe.