Renault has topped the 200,000 mark for sales of electric vehicles in Europe. At the same time, the automaker says it has crossed a symbolic milestone in France with 100,000 vehicles registered. This double achievement underlines Renault’s position as leader in the European electric vehicle market, with steady growth in sales.
Almost one electric vehicle in every three sold in Europe is a Renault. A pioneer in electric vehicles with a range launched in 2011, Renault continues to lead the European electric vehicle market for the fourth consecutive year. In 2018, Renault sales of electric vehicles in Europe surged by 36 percent, accelerating strongly in the second half-year to more than 62 percent. In France, Renault holds a 56.8 percent share of the electric vehicle market, in both passenger cars and LCVs.
“Today, we are proud to say that over 200,000 customers in Europe have chosen Renault to make electric driving part of their everyday lives. And of course, this is just a step on a far longer journey. Our clearly stated aim for the past 10 years has been to make electric mobility available to everybody. Groupe Renault’s ambition is for electric vehicles to account for 10 percent of sales by 2022. To achieve this, it will build on the eight electric vehicles that will make up the range by this date,” said Gilles Normand, senior vice president, electric vehicles, Group Renault.
Renault’s range of EVs is made up of ZOE, Kangoo Z.E., Master Z.E. and the Twizy quadricycle. The vehicle lineup receives continuous upgrades with, for example, increased range, more powerful motors or faster charging. It is built around two best-sellers: the city car ZOE and the Kangoo Z.E. van. The Renault ZOE remains the undisputed standard-setter on the market with 40,000 registrations last year, 18,000 of which were in France. Building on six years of market success, it continues to appeal to buyers with an attractive design and a real range of 186 miles*.
Kangoo Z.E. is Europe’s undisputed leader in electric LCV sales, with market share of 51.5 percent in 2018, according to the automaker.
Electric vehicles built in France
In June 2018, Groupe Renault announced plans to invest more than 1 billion euros in France, now a center of excellence for electric vehicles within the Alliance. By 2022, the Group plans to:
- Introduce a new Alliance electric platform at Douai to create a second Renault electric vehicle production site;
- Double Renault ZOE production capacity and launch new ZOE at Flins, the only ZOE production site in the world;
- Triple electric motor production capacities at Cleon and introduce a new-generation electric motor from 2021; and
- Invest in Maubeuge for the production of the next generation of the Kangoo family, including the electric LCV Kangoo Z.E.
To find out more about Groupe Renault’s electric strategy, visit: easyelectriclife.groupe.renault.com.
* over the WLTP homologation cycle