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Renault Sells Its 100,000th EV
After five years of selling electric cars, Renault has handed over the keys to its 100,000th electric car customer.
The 100,000th Renault a ZOE – the brand’s all-electric supermini – was sold to 41 year old Norwegian, Mr. Åsmund Gillebo. To complement his purchase of a ZOE, he has been presented with five years of recharging from Grønn kontakt a local energy suppliers. Would that such facilities were available in New Zealand, where Renault has just started marketing its EV hatches and vans.
A pioneer of all-electric vehicles, Renault is the European leader with 27 per cent market share for electric cars.
In the first half of 2016, Renault sold more than 15,000 electric vehicles (excluding the Twizy quadricycle), a growth of 32 per cent on the previous year. This success confirms Renault’s status as the European market leader, especially for electrically-powered light commercial vehicles.
Indeed, on European roads, one in every four electric vehicles is a Renault, while in its native France, Renault supplies half of all electric cars are vehicles. Renault’s main markets for electric cars are France, Norway, the UK and Germany.
In the UK, Renault Z.E. sales grew by more than 26 per cent in the first half of 2016. The ZOE made up 1,069 of the vehicles, a massive 39.4 per cent increase. Since the launch of its Z.E. vehicles in the UK in 2011, Renault has sold 5,977 electric vehicles to date comprising of the Fluence sedan, Kangoo Van Z.E, Twizy and ZOE.
Eric Feunteun, Director of Renault’s Electric Vehicle Division, said: “Every year there are more customers for electric cars and Renault is making a major contribution to this with its constant innovation and dedication to developing infrastructure. Our customer satisfaction, which stands at 98% for the ZOE, encourages us to keep pushing onwards”.
Renault offers the most comprehensive range of 100% electric cars on the New Zealand market, enabling it to meet a variety of needs. The range is made up of the compact ZOE city car, the Kangoo Van ZE, and the compact urban two-seater Twizy, which can also be had as a utility version called the Twizy Cargo. Sadly the transport authorities here haven’t decided what the Twizy is and it cannot yet be used on the road. However when you see what IS seen on the road these days, we think it will only be a matter of time before the clever wee Twizy is seen scooting around the city.
In Europe, the ZOE is the best-selling electric vehicle and it dominates the market for electric private cars with over 23 per cent market share. The Kangoo Van ZE, the leading electric LCV in Europe for the third year running, sets the benchmark for professionals and has won a number of tenders, including the French Post Office, and the French electricity provider oaERDF in Norway.
With 17,000 models sold, the Twizy is seen as a trailblazer for new ways to get around, and is popular in car-sharing initiatives in both Europe and North America.
In terms of infrastructure, which may be tiny but discernibly growing in New Zealand, Renault has adopted a global strategy for electric mobility, and the development of EV charging in particular. Renault is involved in a number of projects to install public recharge points, working with public bodies and other players in electric mobility like energy technicians.
There are currently over 100,000 public recharge points around the world, 80,000 of which are in Europe, and they are constantly growing in number. As an example, Renault supports European Commission projects for the TEN-T fund (Trans European Transport Network), which has installed over 2,300 quick charge terminals along highways and major roads in over 15 countries.
Renault's ZOE and Kangoo ZE are both on sale at Euromarque Renault in Christchurch.