Renault-Nissan Alliance Cumulative Electric Vehicle Sales Approach 500,000

6 months ago by Mark Kane 21

The Renault-Nissan Alliance includes also Mitsubishi Motors Corporation

Renault-Nissan Alliance, after the acquisition of Mitsubishi, is now approaching 500,000 cumulative all-electric car sales – more than any other automotive group.

Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn with Renault ZOE and Nissan LEAF For COP21

At the end of June 2017, the Alliance counter stands at 481,151 units (some 130,000 more than year ago).

The biggest impact on the number comes from the Nissan LEAF and Renault ZOE.

The number doesn’t include plug-in hybrids – of which, new Alliance partner Mitsubishi has sold over 130,000 copies of the Outlander PHEV.

“Cumulative sales of electric vehicles by the companies also rose significantly to 481,151 units, reaffirming the Alliance’s role as the leading electric car manufacturer for the mass-market segment.

The increase was driven primarily by demand for the Nissan LEAF and the Renault ZOE, which remains the #1 EV sold in Europe, and Mitsubishi’s i-Miev. “

Renault-Nissan Alliance is now aiming to become industry’s number-one automotive sales group for full year 2017.

Total Renault-Nissan Alliance increased in the first six months of 2017 by 7% to 5,268,079 million.

The newly updated Renault ZOE is the best selling EV for Europe so far in 2017

Here is list of Renault-Nissan Alliance brands (excluding joint ventures in China):

  • Renault (includes also Dacia, Alpine and Renault Samsung Motors)
  • Nissan (includes also Infiniti and Datsun)
  • Mitsubishi

And list of plug-in models:

  • Renault ZOE
  • Renault Kangoo Z.E.
  • SM3 Z.E.
  • Nissan LEAF
  • Nissan e-NV200
  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV and other MiEV family in Japan
  • Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

There is also Renault Twizy – a heavy quadricycle.


21 responses to "Renault-Nissan Alliance Cumulative Electric Vehicle Sales Approach 500,000"

  1. DJ says:

    And yet it’s amazing all the crap they get.

    Sure the Leaf 2.0 may be a bit later than a lot of people wanted but you can’t say they didn’t put an affordable EV in to the hands of many a driver!

    Not everyone needs a SUV that can go 0-60 in 3 seconds and travel for 300 miles…

    Well done!

    1. Scramjett says:

      IMHO, EVs will be what people use to get to the train station when the weather is bad.

      1. Terawatt says:

        And from the other train station to the office/friend/other destination.

        Self-driving will make this a real possibility. But getting enough capacity on trains requires planning and nobody’s pushing this at the moment.

        I certainly hope the fleet model prevails, it will be much better for everyone. Whether trains fit in in a big way is not so clear to me, but at least in big cities they should.

    2. LeafOwner says:

      Well-done? Not really! Nissan, like a sprinter, rushed out of the starting blocks with a great little car; then went to sleep for six years and waited for the others to catch up. Their battery advancements were nil during that period. History will show that Ghosn blew a golden opportunity for Nissan to lead the industry in the transition to EVs, clean cars, and high profits.

    3. speculawyer says:

      Well, we are all very curious to see what the LEAF 2.0 delivers. I’m not optimistic but I hope they prove me wrong.

  2. Benz says:

    Cumulative Total is 481,151

    How many Nissan Leafs are in that cumulative total?

    1. Alan says:

      Just over 300K I believe was the latest number

      1. Terawatt says:

        Of which more than 30K in Norway, population five million..!

        I see someone every day that I feel pity for, in their newly registered LEAF! But also contempt, as they have brought it upon themselves. Unlike in the US, there’s no crazy sale going on here where people can buy it paying half the MSRP. Unless the new LEAF turns out to be much more expensive – and I don’t think it will – these people will be crying soon, or beating themselves up, or both.

        It’s a good match for most Norwegian drivers though, even me most of the time. Super sensible, slow, safe, comfortable and ugly, it’s got a lot in common with us who bought it, except of course in the looks department! 😋😂

        (In fact, the typical buyer is a youngish woman, and Norwegian youngish women are generally quite beautiful.)

  3. vdiv says:

    The Renault Fluence ZE of “Better Place” battery swap fame, no longer made but is certainly a part of the tally with about 6,000 sold. The SM3 ZE is the Korean offshoot, still being made apparently.

  4. Shoot says:

    This company does get a lot of crap on these boards. Not everyone has 44-144 grand to buy a Tesla and I wouldn’t own an American EV other than a Tesla. Nissan are pioneers in this industry just as much as Tesla. So my next purchase will be from the Japanese or Koreans. That new Leafs looks like it might fit the bill. Hatchbacks are the ticket for me. Need the room for dogs and photo gear.

    1. Terawatt says:

      Nissan has been lobbying actively against emissions regulation and against EV promotion even as it tried to sell people the LEAF. It’s indisputable that they were early to the EV market, but to think it was anything more than a business move is to give credit where none is due.

      Under Ghosh, Nissan-Renault deserves credit merely for being more honest than some of their competitors. Unlike some, they didn’t lie to people about the societal benefits of EVs. And he was actually very clear about this being purely a business move. You should search him up on YouTube and listen to his keynotes.

      I really hope the new LEAF is a huge hit. But I also really hope I won’t have to get one. My 2012 LEAF is incredibly effortless to drive, quite comfortable, and has been completely reliable. It’s a pretty good car in many ways. But the conservative business-like manners just absolutely pale against the prospect of a car with so much passion as the Model 3! I love how they are pushing simplicity and esthetics with a truly innovative interior, ditching not just the start button but even the traditional key, prioritize driving dynamics and the fun factor in a way Nissan seems to not even understand, and at the same time make only the safest, greenest of cars that don’t go obsolete as quickly as others thanks to continually improved software! Tesla is a combination of sense and sensibility that Nissan is simply lightyears from achieving if their life depended on it (as it may).

      I’m not sure if the Model 3 will be too expensive for me. I’m in Norway, do I can’t get one until late 2018 according to Tesla’s current estimate, and by then the exchange rate alone may have changed the price by twenty percent – up or down! But unless the EV tax exemption is about to fall I think I’ll rather drive my old LEAF another year and get a used Model 3 than anything else.

      My crystal ball is cracked, however, so I don’t see the future very clearly! 😁 Perhaps Nissan can sell me on the new one. Or maybe the Ioniqs will speak when it gets a battery deserving of the car (next year sometime). Or the BMW 3-series EV if rumors are true (but likely not, or anyway too expensive). Or a 200-mile i3 (love it!) if the price is right. The e-Golf could be very interesting with a big pack. Skoda might offer basically the same car at a lower price.

      But it’s hard to imagine any of these raising my pulse by much. I’m falling in love with the Model 3, and I think it may prove very difficult to resist once I get to meet her in person!

  5. Terawatt says:

    It’s pretty good times for those of us who want to see EVs replace ICE! Even so, it’s also a sobering reminder of how slowly things are progressing at the beginning of any exponential growth curve. Half a million EVs from a group that has put 50 million non-EV, and mostly ICE, cars on the road since the LEAF launched is progress, but I don’t really age with those who wish to give them any medals for their public service.

    Tesla ultimately has a very big advantage in that they are the only people who can credibly claim to have any notice besides the enriching of a small group of people known as investors and top management. Of course they too will eventually turn into the same sort of sociopathic machine as every other corporation – or die! – but at least for the time being they are not doing great harm with 99% of the product they shift, and that does make them really different.

    1. John Ray says:

      You’re right. Nissan should have dropped everything, fired all their workers making ice vehicles and immediately switched to EVs only. Can’t possibly see a flaw in that plan.

      These two companies started from two different places. Nissan shouldn’t be punished for being good at building and selling cars before they were good at building and selling electric cars.

      1. Terawatt says:

        Yeah, that was precisely what I suggested, right?

        The fact that there are good reasons why Nissan couldn’t do what Tesla has done doesn’t mean they get a free pass. They are in the dirty car business.

        I’m not saying this makes them evil. But it does make them different from Tesla, soiled in dirt Tesla has never touched. Maybe you don’t care, but many do.

        The appropriate place for responsibility is with the governments and the corporate system and culture, which is a much bigger debate.

        1. John Ray says:

          Tesla, born of a virgin in a manger. You people are delusional.

  6. Benz says:

    Nissan should make an electric cross-over like the Nissan Qashqai.

  7. Just_Chris says:

    Nissan moved early and are now cruising – look at the trouble the German marks are having with Tesla and the hole that Fiat-Chrysler finds them selves in, by December Nissan/Renault/Mistu will be in an amazingly strong position Leaf 2.0, Zoe 40 and Outlander PHEV. When the EU’s emissions standards come in (2021) I can see Renault/Nissan/Mistu just drifting silently through unscathed while the rest scramble to get new models in and to drag their fleet emissions down. They are not perfect but at least they have a plan and seem to be moving on it.

    1. John Ray says:

      Amen. See my post above for context.

  8. Paul K says:

    Cutting the ice car makers a little slack here. They are publicly traded corporations and management is expected to produce results for shareholders. Nissan blew through a pile of dough developing the Leaf and I doubt they made it all back. They milked the Leaf 1 run as long as they could to recoup as much as possible.

    With the Leaf 2 I expect they will make an electric car profitably. The brilliance of Ghosn’s leadership here was to sacrifice short terms profits for a better long term position.

    I am not a GM basher like some posters assume. I still have my 1999 Saturn SW with 260,000km logged and the original clutch. Sold my 2006 HHR to my daughter and she still has it with over 200,000K and the original clutch. The engine sounds good and the body is tight. GM has good engineering. Less enamoured of management, which is more focused on the short term.

    Wishing Tesla all the best with the M3 and Nissan with the Leaf 2. GM has shown that they can engineer a good electric and in relatively little time. My guess is that they’ll ramp up production when they absolutely have to.

  9. Paul K says:

    That 1999 Saturn is my backup plan for reaching those few clients beyond the range of the Leaf. It still delivers incredible fuel economy. I’m getting (highway) around 5.8L/100k which works out to 42mpg U.S, or 48mpg imperial. In all that time the only repair aside from normal maintenance was the failure of the safety switch that the starter won’t engage unless the clutch is down. Not too shabby for an 18 year old with all those miles.

  10. Randy says:

    Not a mention of China numbers?