Renault recently announced the delivery of its 100,000th electric vehicle, marking a significant milestone in the company’s electric efforts.
The sale was of a Renault Zoe to a 41-year-old man located in the capital of Norway, Oslo (fittingly).
While the milestone is a major one, it does show that Renault is still lagging a fair bit behind its alliance partner Nissan with regard to electric vehicle sales (which reached the 200,000 mark late last year). That said, Nissan is a more global brand and the subcompact Renault Zoe has proven itself a fairly popular model in the countries where it’s available — with sales being strong throughout a number of different European markets.
Notably, the new milestone comes only 6 months or so after the 50,000 deliveries mark was passed, meaning that the company’s electric vehicle sales are growing fairly rapidly.
Stephen Edelstein of Green Car Reports provides more: “The brand’s 100,000th battery-electric vehicle was delivered to 41-year-old Àsmund Gillebo, who received credits for free charging along with the car. Electric cars currently make up a larger portion of new-car sales in Norway than any other country, thanks to generous incentives and well-developed charging infrastructure.”
Stephen provides further background on Renault’s offerings: “In addition to the Zoe, Renault currently sells the Kangoo ZE electric van, and the Twizy two-seat, low-speed electric vehicle. It previously sold the Fluence ZE sedan developed for the now-bankrupt Israeli battery-swap startup Better Place in Europe as well, but that model is now sold solely in South Korea. It is sold there as the SM3 ZE, under the Renault-Samsung brand name.”
With regard to the growth in Renault’s electric sales, sales for the first half of 2016 are up around 32% as compared to the first half of 2015. It’ll be interesting to see if Renault manages to keep its growth and market share up as very compelling models, such as the Tesla Model 3 and Opel Ampera-e (Chevy Bolt), hit the market. We haven’t heard much from Renault with regard to plans for long-range EVs.
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