Renault and Nissan reach quarter of a million electric milestone

Renault and Nissan have announced that they have officially sold a quarter of a million new electric vehicles between them.

Four and a half years after the launch of the Nissan LEAF, the pair of automakers, who partnered with each other in the Renault-Nissan Alliance, reached the historic milestone earlier this month.

Today, around half of all the electric vehicles sold worldwide come from either Nissan or Renault, with the Nissan LEAF remaining the best-selling electric car of all time, with more than 180,000 sold.

Nissan LEAF best-selling electric car ever

Up until May this year, the companies have sold around 31,000 electric vehicles between them, a rise of nearly 15 per cent over the same period last year, spurred on by increasing demand from drivers.

Carlos Ghosn, chairman and CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, said: “Demand for our electric vehicles continues to grow thanks to government incentives and the expanding charging infrastructure.

“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.”

Increasing demand from drivers

Yves Nivelle, a computer engineer from France, officially became the owner of the 250,000th electric vehicle after taking delivery of a Renault ZOE, which he traded in his 21-year old diesel car for.

Mr Nivelle bought his ZOE after the French government introduced a €10,000 rebate on the cost of electric vehicles in April, to allow owners of older cars to trade them in and get a better deal.

He said: “The government’s environmental bonus was a big factor in my decision to get an EV.

“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.”

Full range of electric vehicles available now

With a total of six models available, the Renault-Nissan alliance is the only global car group with a full range of 100 per cent electric vehicles, with Nissan also selling the e-NV200 van.

Renault, on the other hand, also offers the Kangoo Z.E. van, the SM3 Z.E. saloon in Europe, and the unique little two-seater urban commuter vehicle, the Twizy.

Both Renault and Nissan’s full range of electric vehicles are available to buy from Perrys dealerships now, so why not get in touch with us today for more information!