The Renault–Nissan Alliance car group has 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.
With the addition Mitsubishi Motors, which joined the Alliance last Autumn with Nissan‘s acquisition of a 34 percent equity stake in the company.
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.
In addition to the LEAF, Nissan also sells the e-NV200, a light commercial vehicle sold mainly in Europe and Japan since 2014. 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.
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.
The commercial vehicle arm of Renault recently announced the addition of two new commercial EVs to its lineup: the New Kangoo Z.E. and Master Z.E.
In 2016, the Renault-Nissan Alliance, including Mitsubishi Motors i-Miev series, sold 94,265 EVs, up more than 8 percent from 2015.
In 2016, the Renault-Nissan Alliance took several steps to advance the development of future vehicles with plans to launch at least 10 models with autonomous drive functionality by 2020. Development and tests of connectivity and autonomous drive technologies are underway with several partners, including Microsoft and NASA.
Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn said;
“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. With autonomous drive and connected cars and services, we are firmly engaged in the race for the vehicle of the future.”