Renault Logs Record-High 3,450 Electric Car Orders In April

MAY 23 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 18

Renault seems to be hitting its electric car stride right now.  According to the automaker, it logged its highest-ever, single-month orders for electric cars in April.

A remarkable 3,450 Renault EVs were ordered in April, including an all-time high 2,950 Renault ZOEs.

Awhile back, Renault was struggling to sell its electric cars, but ever since the automaker made the ZOE available with the battery, sales seem to have taken off.  We do believe that this decision to make the battery available with the car (rather than by leasing battery only) is the real difference make in sales for Renault.  Initial reaction to this was strong and it seems that by including the battery with the car, Renault turned around its slumping electric car sales.

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18 Comments on "Renault Logs Record-High 3,450 Electric Car Orders In April"

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Martin

In Germany Renault cars are only available with out battery ( montly about 60-90 €). Renault should shame about screw off people

CounterStrike Cat

Battery renting starts at 49 € per month for only 5000 km annually and goes up to 142 € for 30000 km.

http://www.renault-preislisten.de/fileadmin/user_upload/Preisliste_Zoe.pdf

Cavaron

Renault offered the Zoe with a 5000€ rebate in Germany this month. Maybe that could have helped too.

Bobby sweet

I really like the way it looks I hope the new leaf looks like it

Steve

Totally! A car Nissan Leaf owners would love to buy.

Is it called the ZE or the ZOE ?

Byron

In Slovenia,ZOE is only available with battery rent (80-100 eur/month).Shame for Renault!

Trevor Larkum

ZE = “Zero Emission” and is Renault’s term for electric vehicles, including Fluence, Twizy, ZOE and Kangoo.

Renault’s current leading ZE car is called the ZOE.

przemo_li

French incentives shouldn’t harm either!

Smartmoney

Same problem in Denmark.
Buy the car but you have to rent the battery which will run you between 60-145 euro/month.
On top of that, Renault only guaranties that the battery will have min. 75% of initial capacity.
Now I understand why they only sold 109 of them from Jan-Nov. 2014.
It’s a perfect car for daily commuting, but it’s a shame that Renault haven’t figured out, that we want to own.
RENAULT! Let the people decide for themselves.

Alonso Perez

I still do not understand why people want to own the battery. It makes no financial sense. It seems to be a cultural issue, especially in Europe, where things like leasing and credit are generally frowned on, but it makes no rational sense.

CounterStrike Cat

You must r8pe your battery hard to make the rental scheme being cheaper.

Cavaron

Imho the rental system will be favorabel if you can upgrade to new battery generations with more range. Should be less uncomfortable then buying a new car every three years.

Marko

With Renault battery renting you have the problem when you sell the car. You cannot sell the car outside the country because cross-border rental is not allowed. Will be your buyer be credit worthy for rental?…..
Aha Zoe with battery costs a 1000 euro less than Leaf?!
So why brother with this?

Pedro

Officially Renault only sells the battery in UK and Norway. But this is expected to be extended to all countries soon. I guess it will come when R240 proves it’s reliability. Then we should also have the Twingo ZE.

notting

Maybe the fact with the little bit better battery range since the Geneva update also helped a little bit because everybody waited for it, so the sales were concentrated on that moment. But I’m still waiting for something Megane-like (with bought battery and at least 400km NEDC range).

notting

shawn marshall

Anytime you feature a car, could you kindly recap the basic stats? especially price and range. Too many to keep it all straight, recall liking the Zoe a lot from previous articles.

Trevor Larkum

“Awhile back, Renault was struggling to sell its electric cars, but ever since the automaker made the ZOE available with the battery, sales seem to have taken off. We do believe that this decision to make the battery available with the car (rather than by leasing battery only) is the real difference make in sales for Renault.”

Do you have any data to back this up? Certainly all ZOEs sold in the UK, and I suspect most EU countrires, still have battery rental. That is due to change in the summer, so doesn’t explain the sales increases.

hernia bay

Nothing to do with battery being included , just strong finance deals. To my knowledge not one has been sold outright with battery since they have been available. And rightly so, leasing battery and car on pcp makes total sense