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Published on February 9th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

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Renault-Nissan Alliance Extends Electric Vehicle Sales Record

February 9th, 2017 by  


The Renault-Nissan Alliance has announced that it has stayed at the top of the EV charts globally, especially with Mitsubishi Motors and its Outlander PHEV now in the fold. “The Renault-Nissan Alliance, with Mitsubishi Motors, cumulatively sold 424,797 electric vehicles through 2016, making it the undisputed leader in zero-emission mobility,” an announcement stated.

“The Renault-Nissan Alliance delivered significant growth in 2016, with global sales of 9.96 million vehicles. The car group also reinforced its leadership in zero-emission vehicles with cumulative sales of nearly 425,000 electric vehicles since the introduction of the Nissan LEAF in 2010, followed by the Renault ZOE.”

Alliance sales reached 9,961,347 vehicles in 2016 – one in nine cars sold worldwide — but that means that its 94,265 electric vehicle sales (up >8% compared to 2015) accounted for just under 1% of its total sales.

The Alliance’s cumulative EV sales were 424,797 worldwide through the end of the year, which is a little more than the alliance’s overall year-on-year sales increase of 374,000 units.

→ Related: BMW & Ford Electric Car Sales = 6% Of BMW & Ford US Car Sales In November

→ Related: Best Selling Electric Car In Europe Is Renault Zoe (2016 Electric Car Sales Report)

Nonetheless, “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.” Nissan also sells the e-NV200, an electric light commercial van, but the announcement didn’t indicate those sales figures.

“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,” the announcement added. “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.

There’s no denying Nissan was quick to market with the Nissan LEAF — and very optimistic about its sales and sales of EVs in general back then. Now, practically every company is making EV models and has a plan to introduce more and more.

“We were the first to launch an affordable electric car back in 2010. Other major automakers are now recognizing that EVs are the most effective zero-emission solution,” Ghosn said. “With autonomous drive and connected cars and services, we are firmly engaged in the race for the vehicle of the future.”

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Cynthia Shahan started writing by doing research as a social cultural and sometimes medical anthropology thinker. She studied and practiced both Waldorf education, and Montessori education. Eventually becoming an organic farmer, licensed AP, and mother of four unconditionally loving spirits, teachers, and environmentally conscious beings born with spiritual insights and ethics beyond this world. (She was able to advance more in this way led by her children.)



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