Alliance Accounts for Half of All Electric Vehicles Sold Globally
The Paris- and Yokohama-based Renault-Nissan Alliance is trumpeting the early-June sale, in France, of its 250,000th electric vehicle.
The milestone was reached just over four years after the introduction of the Nissan Leaf, launched as the world’s first mass-market zero-emission vehicle. The Alliance says it “today accounts for half of the electric vehicles sold worldwide. Nissan Leaf remains the best-selling electric vehicle of all time, with more than 180,000 units sold.”
From January through May of this year, the Alliance sold some 31,700 EVs – up nearly 15% from the same period of last year.
Half a Dozen EVs Offered
The 250,000th owner is Yves Nivelle, a computer engineer in Bordeaux who traded in his 21-year-old diesel car for the subcompact Renault Zoe. Nivelle bought his EV after the French government introduced an environmental bonus to allow owners of older, polluting diesel cars to trade them in and get a rebate of 10,000 euros – more than $11,100 U.S. at current rates – on a new EV.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance offers six EV models and is thus “the only global car group with a full range of 100%-percent electric vehicles. In addition to the Leaf and Renault Zoe, Nissan offers the e-NV200 van, which has been on sale in Europe and Japan since last year. Renault has the Kangoo Z.E van, the SM3 Z.E. sedan and the Twizy, a two-seater urban commuter vehicle.
Yokohama, Japan-based Nissan has sold 185,000 electric vehicles worldwide since December 2010 when the Nissan Leaf went on sale. Renault, based in Boulogne-Billancourt, France, has sold 65,000 electric vehicles worldwide since the Kangoo Z.E. went on sale in October 2011.
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