Renault Zoe Sales Surpass 50,000

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Originally published on EV Obsession.

More than 50,000 Renault Zoe electric cars have been sold to date — marking an important moment in history for the popular European mode. The Renault Zoe launched back in December 2012.

While Renault Zoe electric vehicle (EV) sales have been a fair bit lower to date than those of the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s other major electric offering, the Nissan LEAF, considering that the model is available in far fewer markets, the sales have been quite respectable. (The Nissan LEAF recently passed the 200,000 sales milestone, but it is available in many large markets where the Zoe isn’t, as well as many small markets.)

Renault Zoe 50,000

To further emphasize that point, the Renault Zoe EV actually held a 19.2% share of the French EV market in 2015 — with 18,453 registrations being tallied for the year. The model does sell quite well in most of the markets where it’s on offer.

Green Car Reports provides more details:

The 50,000th Zoe was presented, at Renault’s Flins factory near Paris, to a customer from the Parisian suburb of Saint-Cloud.

…The Zoe was also Europe’s best-selling electric car in 2015, and it seems to be holding onto that position so far in 2016. Over the first two months of the year, the Zoe racked up 2,978 sales, giving it 12.6% of the European electric-car market.

…It’s also offered with a novel battery-lease scheme, where owners pay a monthly fee for use of the battery pack based on the amount of mileage they cover. In addition to the Zoe, Renault currently sells the Kangoo ZE electric van, and the Twizy, a two-seat, low-speed electric vehicle.

Considering that the current iteration of the Zoe is now looking a bit long in the tooth, you have to wonder what Renault’s future plans for the model are. Similar to the Alliance’s other major electric offering, the Nissan LEAF, changes have been quite slow to date….

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8 thoughts on “Renault Zoe Sales Surpass 50,000

  • It’s expensive though. 21500€+ and you have to pay a monthly battery rent.

    • The ‘novel’ battery rent is the main issue with this otherwise great car. I would certainly not have bought this car myself if I could not lease it via my job.
      In Norway and the UK the car can be had without battery lease for a little less than a Leaf.

      The real unique selling point is the AC charger that is integrated with the regenerative braking electronics. Even the base model can charge at 22 kW AC. A huge plus, because most homes in the EU can be equipped with a 11 kW+ charger for €400.
      The next version should have CCS charging and a 200 horsepower RS version is also in progress.

  • Great news. It would be nice if the car could come to the USA.

    • How real is that range? Doesn’t the new 107m leaf have a 30kwh pack?

      • Hi Frank, as you probably know, there are different standards for range. This quotes “NEDC,” which stands for New European Driving Cycle, which generates a higher range figure than what the more stringent EPA standards generate.

  • Congratulation to Renault Zoe. However it is high time that Renault makes a new generation of electric cars. They should make a second generation Fluence ZE with 300+ km range.

  • The battery lease scheme makes the car cheaper to buy new, but when coming into the second hand market makes the car virtually unsellable, as few people buying a second hand car will want to be paying £70 per month for the battery lease, which is roughly what the average driver could have expected to save on fuel, by switching to electric.

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