PARIS and YOKOHAMA, Japan, June 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
- Historic EV milestone reached in early June
- Alliance sells half of all EVs globally
- EV sales up nearly 15 percent through May vs. same period last year
- Nissan LEAF remains world's best-selling EV
- Frenchman from Bordeaux bought 250,000th Alliance EV: a Renault ZOE
The Renault-Nissan Alliance, the world's leader in zero-emission mobility, has sold its 250,000th electric vehicle: a white Renault ZOE sold to a French engineer.
(To see our video news release and EV milestone infographic, click here:
The Alliance reached the historic milestone in early June, 4 ½ years after the launch of the Nissan LEAF, the world's first mass-market zero-emission vehicle.* The Alliance 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, the Alliance sold about 31,700 EVs -- up nearly 15 percent over the same period of last year.
"Demand for our electric vehicles continues to grow thanks to government incentives and the expanding charging infrastructure," said Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. "The positive response of our customers is also driving demand. These vehicles enjoy some of the highest levels of satisfaction rates from our customers around the world."
Frenchman from Bordeaux takes delivery of 250,000th EV
The 250,000th owner is Yves Nivelle, a computer engineer, 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 in April to allow owners of older, polluting diesel cars to trade them in and get a rebate of €10,000 on a new EV.
"The government's environmental bonus was a big factor in my decision to get an EV," Nivelle said. "But I have to say, I was convinced the first time I drove the car. It's a real pleasure to drive and it feels good to do my part for the environment."
In addition to the LEAF, Nissan also sells the e-NV200 van, which has been on sale in Europe and Japan since last year. In addition to the ZOE, Renault also sells the Renault Kangoo Z.E van, the SM3 Z.E. sedan and the Twizy, a two-seater urban commuter vehicle.
*No CO2 emissions and no regulated atmospheric pollutants while driving according to homologation cycle (NEDC).
To see the full press release, click here: http://www.media.blog.alliance-renault-nissan.com/news/5472
SOURCE Renault-Nissan Alliance