Renault-Nissan Plus Mitsubishi Equals #1 In Global EV Sales By Huge Margin

8 months ago by Mark Kane 30

Renault-Nissan Alliance

Renault-Nissan Alliance, after Nissan’s acquisition of a 34% equity (and controlling) stake in Mitsubishi Motors, become the largest all-electric car manufacturing group, without fear of any other competitor coming close.

2017 Nissan LEAF

So far the Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi (i-MiEV series) has cumulatively sold nearly 425,000 BEVs, as of the end of 2016 (424,797 to be accurate).

The Nissan LEAF (including Venucia E30) alone exceeded 250,000 in sales. Second model for Nissan was the e-NV200.

Renault has sold since 2011 more than 112,000 BEVs (Renault ZOE, Kangoo Z.E., Fluence Z.E., the SM3 Z.E. and the Twizy).

As a comparison, Tesla has just over 180,000 all-electric vehicles through the end of 2016, including some 76,000 last year.

The combined entity of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi sold 94,265 in 2016, up 8% over a year ago.  A result that actually lagged global growth overall (41%), no doubt caused by the lack of an updated Renault ZOE in 2016 – which just launched in January, and a “new” Nissan LEAF – which Alliance leader Carlos Ghosn says will launch “shortly”, and we believe to mean ‘at Geneva in March’.

Renault lineup – from left Twizy, ZOE, Kangoo Z.E.

“Sustained leadership in electric vehicles

The Renault-Nissan Alliance, with Mitsubishi Motors, cumulatively sold 424,797 electric vehicles through 2016, making it the undisputed leader in zero-emission mobility.

The Nissan LEAF, the first mainstream, mass-marketed electric vehicle, remains the world’s best-selling EV with more than 250,000* vehicles sold since its launch in December 2010.

In addition to the LEAF, Nissan also sells the e-NV200, a light commercial vehicle sold mainly in Europe and Japan since 2014.

Renault has sold more than 112,000 electric vehicles worldwide since 2011, including the Renault ZOE, Kangoo Z.E., Fluence Z.E., the SM3 Z.E. and the Twizy.

Renault was at the top of the European EV market last year, with sales up by 11 percent at 25,648 units (excluding Twizy). ZOE led the EV ranking with 21,735 sold. Renault Pro+ recently announced the addition of two new commercial EVs to its lineup: the New Kangoo Z.E. and Master Z.E.

In 2016, the Renault-Nissan Alliance, including Mitsubishi Motors i-Miev series, sold 94,265 EVs, up more than 8 percent from 2015.”

Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Minicab-MiEV and Minicab-MiEV Truck

Renault Samsung Motors SM3 Z.E.

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30 responses to "Renault-Nissan Plus Mitsubishi Equals #1 In Global EV Sales By Huge Margin"

  1. Yogurt says:

    This alliance is by far the leader for legacy auto in EVs but they are also large enough together that they can give GM VW and Toyota a run for largest car maker in 2017…

    1. CLIVE says:

      Their new Alliance currently puts them in the top 3 auto makers worldwide.

      1. SJC says:

        Good for Mitsubishi, they have not made it big in the U.S. since the Eclipse.

  2. Brian says:

    “a “new” Nissan LEAF – which Alliance leader Carlos Ghosn says will launch “shortly”, and we believe to mean ‘at Geneva in March’.”

    You guys were dropping strong hints that you believed Nissan would unveil it at CES in January. What evidence do you have for Geneva?

    Fool me once…

    1. Pete says:

      I also want to know what they know now :-). Maybe they saw the Leaf 2 spy shots.

    2. Josh Bryant says:

      I still think something happened to the project in Q4 last year, putting a late, last minute delay on the launch.

      So I am now done prognosticating its release.

      1. John says:

        Maybe they had to scramble to beat the Bolts range?

  3. Ken says:

    Largest EV Manufacturer, yet in the states i can’t buy an E NV200, Outlander PHEV, Twizy, Zoe or Kangoo. My choice is a Leaf or an iMiev. I already have one if each. Where is the Leaf 2.0? And are we ever gonna see The Outlander or the E NV200?

    1. Kevin C. says:

      Yes yes yes.
      WTF? No eNV200 in the US!

      Carlos can’t take a hit with a loss leader that all the gassers they sell could easily subsidize?

      Throw us a bone, Carlos.

    2. Yogurt says:

      The problem is lighting turn signals and crash testing…
      While they meet the very safe EU standards the equaly safe US standards are different for numerous small things along with crash tests and bringing them over can cost a lot more in re engineering dollars than it is worth…

    3. Gibber says:

      Once the 60kwh pack is available we will see the e-NV offered state side.

  4. DonC says:

    I wonder how this affects the number of tax credits?

    1. CLIVE says:

      It does not effect them.

      It works the same.

      1. DonC says:

        It’s by manufacturer with each manufacturer getting 200,000 credits. So if two manufacturers merge I’d assume there would be some question as to whether you’d now have 200,000 credits versus 400,000.

        I don’t know the answer BTW.

        1. CLIVE says:

          They are not merging.

          It is a simple Alliance with many side benefits.

        2. Rob Stark says:

          They are not merging.

          Will remain separate companies.

          Difference is Nissan will own a controlling 34% of Mitsubishi Motors stock.

  5. Jim Bo says:

    Speaking of spy shots they’ve been out for days, why not here? Gen2 Leaf looks a lot better to me except for the smallish wheels.

  6. Ocean Railroader says:

    Nissan could keep the lead if the New Leaf has 250 to 300 miles of range and is a thousand or two thousand cheaper then the Bolt EV.

    I really hope Mitsubishi or Nissan tells Mitsubishi to raise the range of the i-miev to 150 miles range.

    1. Ambulator says:

      “And” is too much to hope for. One or the other would do.

  7. Ev Raiders says:

    Is Nissan turning a new Leaf?

    1. CLIVE says:

      Mitsubishi is turning a new leaf.

      1. Samwise says:

        Nissan is tuning a new leaf

  8. Seuthès says:

    The alliance of the three automakers will share their plateforms.

    Renault can provide plateform for small BEV and Nissan can provide for big cars.
    The Twingo and the i-Miev can share the same plateform from the Smart Forfour.

    The futur Clio 2020 BEV will use the actual plateform of the Zoé. The Colt and the Micra can use it.
    The futur Zoé will use the plateform of the Leaf II.

    As Mitsubishi has a strong cooperation with Nissan, it will ease the plateform sharing.
    Actualy the Micra 2017 share the plateform of the Clio 2016.

  9. Priusmaniac says:

    It is not sure they will remain the largest ev builders for long because up to now they still don’t propose a sedan ev while Hyundai now is proposing the Ionic and the Model 3 soon will be propose at Tesla.

  10. Martin Winlow says:

    Hybrids are not ‘EVs’ – yet more FAKE NEWS!

    1. Another (Euro) industrial point of view says:

      To all people posting here that PHEV are worthless I suggest they stop posting because for sure some fossil fuel is involved in hanging around the internet with an electronic device. This time and energy could be better used, for example by sewing goat skins together (true our textiles are often fossil fuel based) to make themselves trendy little outfits for cold winter nights (goat skin hats like Robinson Crusoe is a must have).

    2. Pete says:

      They sold 425.000 EVs + 120.000 PHEV (Outlander). There is nothing wrong with the article numbers.

  11. JIMJFOX says:

    No mention of China’s EV production?

  12. terawatt says:

    BYD?!? I think they passed 100k (BEVs alone) in 2016.