Re­nault-Nis­san Al­liance hits mile­stone of 350,000 elec­tric ve­hi­cles sold

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

The Re­nault-Nis­san Al­liance, the world’s leader in zero-emis­sions mo­bil­ity, has sold its 350,000th elec­tric ve­hi­cle since De­cem­ber 2010, when the Nis­san LEAF went on sale.

The Al­liance achieved the his­toric mile­stone in Au­gust, while also set­ting an in­dus­try record of 100,000 EVs sold in a sin­gle year. The Al­liance today ac­counts for half of the EVs sold world­wide. The Nis­san LEAF re­mains the in­dus­try’s best-sell­ing EV ever, with more than 230,000 units sold glob­ally. Re­nault is the best-per­form­ing EV brand in Europe.

“This his­toric mile­stone con­firms our cus­tomers’ recog­ni­tion of the ben­e­fits of Re­nault and Nis­san elec­tric ve­hi­cles,” Al­liance Chair­man and CEO Car­los Ghosn said. “Our com­mit­ment to con­trib­ute to­ward a zero-emis­sions world by bring­ing to the mar­ket a full range of af­ford­able EVs makes Re­nault-Nis­san the in­dis­putable leader in EV tech­nol­ogy.”

His­toric mile­stones for Nis­san and Re­nault

The Re­nault-Nis­san Al­liance is the only global car group with a wide range of zero-emis­sion ve­hi­cles for per­sonal and busi­ness use. In ad­di­tion to the LEAF, Nis­san also sells the e-NV200, a light com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle sold mainly in Europe and Ja­pan since 2014. Along with the ZOE, Re­nault also sells the Re­nault Kan­goo Z.E van, the SM3 Z.E. sedan and the Twizy, a two-seat, ur­ban com­muter ve­hi­cle.

To date, Nis­san has sold more than 250,000 EVs in 48 mar­kets glob­ally. The Nis­san LEAF has driven more than 2.7 bil­lion kilo­me­ters (1.7 bil­lion miles), help­ing pre­vent an es­ti­mated 455,249,190 tons of CO2 from en­ter­ing the at­mos­phere1. The United States, Ja­pan and Europe ac­counted for 90 per­cent of LEAF sales, with the US lead­ing the way with about 97,000 sales, fol­lowed by Ja­pan (68,000) and Europe (61,000). Re­nault reached the 100,000 EV mile­stone world­wide since its first model, the Kan­goo Z.E., went on sale in Oc­to­ber 2011. The mile­stone was marked with a cer­e­mony in Nor­way, where a cus­tomer took de­liv­ery of a Re­nault ZOE. ZOE is the best-sell­ing EV in Europe, and, with sales in­creas­ing 32 per­cent dur­ing this first six months of this year, Re­nault is the best-per­form­ing EV brand in Europe: One of four elec­tric ve­hi­cles on Euro­pean roads are Re­nault.

Driv­ing range in­crease and tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tions

The Al­liance keeps im­prov­ing the range and fea­tures of its EV fleet, push­ing the bound­aries of what is pos­si­ble with zero-emis­sions tech­nol­ogy to meet cus­tomer ex­pec­ta­tions and needs. Nis­san launched the up­dated Nis­san LEAF with 250 kilo­me­ters of range in the United States and Ja­pan in late 2015, and in Europe ear­lier this year.

Re­nault last year im­proved the ZOE’s range by 30 kilo­me­ters with 10 per­cent faster charg­ing times. Re­nault’s en­gi­neers im­proved the mo­tor’s ef­fi­ciency by op­ti­miz­ing its elec­tronic man­age­ment sys­tem.

The Al­liance con­tin­ues to in­no­vate by com­bin­ing its EV ex­per­tise with the re­search and de­vel­op­ment of other ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies. In Jan­uary, the Al­liance an­nounced plans to launch more than 10 ve­hi­cles with au­ton­o­mous drive tech­nol­ogy by 2020. The tech­nol­ogy will be in­stalled on main­stream, mass-mar­ket cars at af­ford­able prices, con­firm­ing the Al­liance’s com­mit­ment to achieve its twin goals of zero-emis­sions and zero-fa­tal­i­ties.

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