The Renault-Nissan Alliance has reached another milestone by selling its 250,000th electric vehicle this June.
An incredible half of all EVs sold around the world come from the Renault-Nissan Alliance. The milestone was reached earlier this month, when a white Renault ZOE was sold to a French engineer, Yves Nivelle. He said (translated from French):
“I decided to get an EV for several reasons. My diesel car was completely obsolete. I had to change it because I frequently had to pay lots to get it through the MOT (contrôle technique). I benefited from a French government incentive for trading in my old car, as well as an interesting offer from Renault. It’s important as a citizen to preserve what we really care about, the planet. We hear a lot about greenhouse gases so it’s good to be able to contribute by reducing them for a better world, and the pleasure of driving this car doubles the benefits for everyone.”
The landmark comes just 4½ years after the launch of the Nissan LEAF, the world’s first mass-market zero-emission vehicle.
The LEAF remains the best-selling electric vehicle of all time, with more than 180,000 units sold. The Europe version is built at the Nissan plant in Sunderland, UK. In addition to the LEAF, the Alliance also sells the Renault ZOE, Kangoo Z.E., Fluence/SM3 Z.E. and Twizy, and the Nissan e-NV200.
From January to May 2015, the Alliance sold around 31,700 EVs – up nearly 15% over the same period of last year.
It isn’t just the Alliance witnessing this surge either: the UK plug-in market in general has been going through a spike in sales, with figures from the SMMT suggesting there was a four-fold increase in the amount of electric vehicles registered in the UK in 2014. Figures for March 2015 show this trend continuing, with over 6,000 “plug-in” cars registered, compared with around 1,200 in March 2014 – another 400% increase. 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.”
Renault Nissan Electric Vehicle Infographic