Renault-Nissan Alliance Sells Its 250,000th Electric Vehicle

JUN 24 2015 BY MARK KANE 8

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Over 180,000 Nissan LEAFs sold

Renault-Nissan Alliance announced a huge milestone of 250,000 electric vehicle sales, acheived in early June 2015.

That’s 4.5 years after introduction of the Nissan LEAF in Japan and US.

250,000 EVs include the Nissan e-NV200, Renault ZOE, Renault Kangoo Z.E., Renault Fluence Z.E.(suspended), SM3 Z.E. (in South Korea) and the Twizy.

Most of the sales come from the Nissan LEAF – now over 180,000.

“The Alliance reached the historic milestone in early June, 4 ½  years after the launch of the Nissan LEAF, the world’s first mass-market zero-emission vehicle.*  The Alliance today accounts for half of the electric vehicles sold worldwide. Nissan LEAF remains the best-selling electric vehicle of all time, with more than 180,000 units sold.

From January through May, the Alliance sold about 31,700 EVs — up nearly 15 percent over the same period of last year.”

“*No CO2 emissions and no regulated atmospheric pollutants while driving according to homologation cycle (NEDC).”

The Renault Zoe (seen here from the Geneva 2014 Auto Show) Sold 252 Copies In The UK In 2013 - Good For 2nd Place

Renault ZOE

Overall, sales of Renault-Nissan Alliance EVs are growing this year, by nearly 15% to 31,700 units over the first five months of 2015.

Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance said:

“Demand for our electric vehicles continues to grow thanks to government incentives and the expanding charging infrastructure. The positive response of our customers is also driving demand. These vehicles enjoy some of the highest levels of satisfaction rates from our customers around the world.”

As montioned, there is significant disproportion on EV sales by Renault and Nissan with Renault making up just 65,000 of the 250,000 EVs. Because the French company markets its electric cars mainly in Europe, this partly explains the difference – in Europe, Nissan sold 41,500 LEAFs, while sales of Renault ZOE alone stand at some 26,000 (but since beginning of 2013).

“With six models on the road, the Renault-Nissan Alliance is the only global car group with a full range of 100% electric vehicles. In addition to the LEAF, Nissan also sells the e-NV200 van, which has been on sale in Europe and Japan since last year. In addition to the ZOE, Renault also sells the Renault Kangoo Z.E van, the SM3 Z.E. sedan and the Twizy, a two-seater urban commuter vehicle.

Yokohama, Japan-based Nissan has sold 185,000 electric vehicles worldwide since December 2010, when the Nissan LEAF went on sale. LEAF has collected numerous industry honors, including the 2011 World Car of the Year, European Car of the Year 2011, and Car of the Year Japan 2011-2012. The LEAF is sold in 46 markets. Nissan’s top EV markets are the United States, with about 80,000 sales since LEAF’s launch, Japan with about 53,500 units, and Europe with about 41,500.

Renault, based in Boulogne-Billancourt, France, has sold 65,000 electric vehicles worldwide since its first model, the Kangoo Z.E., went on sale in October 2011. Kangoo Z.E. was voted International Van of the Year 2012.”

Renault’s Lineup Of Pure Electric Cars – Fluence Z.E., Twizy, Kangoo Z.E. and ZOE

Renault’s Lineup Of Pure Electric Cars – Fluence Z.E., Twizy, Kangoo Z.E. and ZOE

The 250,000th electric vehicle specifically sold by Renault-Nissan Alliance was the Renault ZOE:

“The 250,000th owner is Yves Nivelle, a computer engineer, who traded in his 21-year-old diesel car for the subcompact Renault ZOE. Nivelle bought his EV after the French government introduced an environmental bonus in April to allow owners of older, polluting diesel cars to trade them in and get a rebate of €10,000 on a new EV.”

Yves Nivelle said:

“The government’s environmental bonus was a big factor in my decision to get an EV. But I have to say, I was convinced the first time I drove the car. It’s a real pleasure to drive and it feels good to do my part for the environment.”


Alliance EV milestones

Alliance EV milestones

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8 Comments on "Renault-Nissan Alliance Sells Its 250,000th Electric Vehicle"

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Good job.


Next stop: 1.000.000!

It’s no longer a question of IF 1,000,000 but WHEN will be reached!

The next baby step is 250,000 in less than 12 months.

I think we have not seen anything yet in terms of sales due to most of these EV’s having horrible low ranges and there is a real lack of quick chargers.

Also we have to consider that there are gas car models were they sell 10,000 to 20,000 a month. So in the scheme of things when you look at there being over 253 million cars million cars in the US, And if you add Mexico and Canada to that well 250,000 is really nothing to it.

Utterly disagree with your comment.

We have, in fact, seen “some”thing.

Up to the early 2010’s, EVs (not NEVs) around the world – including every brand, niche or big 6 – at most 3500 (with most being the Tesla Roadster).

This is close to 75 times of that.

Sure, in the grand scheme of automobiles, it’s small potato, but that’s because nothing was really available to the mass until the 2010s. In addition, there was NO EDUCATION on the effect of global warming until around the late 1990s, when it was more or less accepted as something that’s really happening. There was also no shortage in oil/gasoline since the ’70s, and there was no significant uptick in gasoline prices until the late 90’s too. Finally, research on EVs didn’t really start until the 90’s too, from GM, Nissan, Mitsubishi, etc.

Thus, if one look at the grand scheme of automobile history, and the things that actually affect the industry, this really is a marvelous accomplishment. The only thing that outpace this development, imho, would be electronics (ICs, computers, etc.), which actually plays a significant part too in the development of EVs.

Couple of things in addition to the above, plus 1 clarification:

“Sure, in the grand scheme of automobiles, it’s small potato…”

I meant,

“Sure, in the grand scheme of automobiles at this instance of time, it’s small potato…”

Also, if one is to imagine

(1) R&D on EVs or other clean energy vehicles actually didn’t stop since the 1950’s, or 1970’s (instead of restarting in the 90’s) – where would EVs be today?

(2) This is for just 1 manufacturer (technically speaking, as Renault-Nissan alliance). Where will EV be today if EVERY manufacturer does its part – not limited roll out, not “niche” vehicle, not just compliance vehicles, etc.? Quick math – if all big 6 do their parts, assuming 250000 for each (which is a very small #), there will be over 1.5 million vehicles already on the road. Now add the other manufacturers, and it’s not that difficult to reach 2.5 million if they all chip in.

Congrats Nissan, Rechargeable EV’s are the way to go!

Well done, it will be a million – only guess is how soon.

(Happy these are not Fool cell like over at misguided Toyota)