100,000 Electric Cars Sold By Nissan, Renault...And Counting

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As more electric cars hit the roads it's only natural a few milestones will fall here and there--and the latest is for the Franco-Japanese duo Renault-Nissan.

The companies have now sold over 100,000 electric vehicles between them--the milestone car a Nissan Leaf, sold to American grad student Allison Howard.

Of the total, the vast majority are Leafs. Nissan's electric car has now sold over 71,000 examples worldwide since hitting the streets in 2010. Of those, the U.S. makes up around 30,000 units, Japan at 28,000 and Europe approximately 12,000.

That might seem small by the standards of some vehicles, but it makes the Leaf the most numerous electric car ever sold--with plenty of life left in the platform and factories in the U.S. and U.K. now adding to the tally.

The remaining 30,000 or so vehicles are split between Renault's various electric offerings. The French automaker sold its first electric vehicle, the Kangoo Z.E. delivery van, in late 2011.

Since then, Renault has introduced further electric vehicles under the Z.E. banner, including the Fluence sedan, Twizy urban electric vehicle and its most recent arrival, the Zoe subcompact.

Of these, the Twizy is selling best, with over 11,000 examples moved since its launch in early 2012. The Zoe is quickly catching up, with over 5,000 units sold across Europe since debuting in March. A price competitive with equivalent gasoline and diesel models makes the Zoe one of few electric cars competing directly with conventional vehicles.

Renault's share of the European electric car market is an impressive 61 percent, a testament to the brand muscling into the market early--though with several other automakers set to release zero-emission vehicles over the coming years, Renault's share is unlikely to remain that high for long.

Overall, electric vehicles from the two marques have covered over half a billion electric miles--enough for 20,000 laps of the planet. It's also a saving of 14 million gallons of oil, and a whole lot of pollution in the process.

For Allison Howard, buyer of the 100,000th Renault-Nissan electric vehicle, she's just happy with the car itself.

“The fact that it’s all electric and I don’t have to spend money on gas as a college student, that’s great... I love it!"


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Comments (21)
  1. thank you, nissan !!

  2. Amazing. All this years I was blogging against a lot of angry oil company people but it is finally happening. This is wonderfoul news. I can't beleave it. Good work Tesla, Nissan en Renault. Few people bit the dust on the way there but the swicht is about to happen. I'am going to pour us some good wine to celebrate this.

  3. 100,000 poor souls with defective batteries. Oh, I guess they believed the "Hype", just as I did. Now we are all in the same boat.

  4. It's not Nissan's fault you bought an EV without liquid cooled batteries despite living at the gates of hell. I don't know how many of these lamentations of yours I've read, but they're not getting any more convincing with repetition. Chalk it up to experience, and next time do some research before you buy.

  5. @Bryan Baker,

    I don't agree with your attitude or tone. Those are early EV adopters and Nissan never said the Leaf is ready for Arizona. In fact, AZ is one of the few early market for Nissan.

    So, instead of complain about owners who have issues, you should criticise Nissan for not producing a car that is good enough for all climate.

    BTW, your attitude of that "Nissan can't do no wrong b/c it has Leaf and it wants to see it" is NOT good for the EV community.

  6. X, I enjoy your comments so I'm flattered you'd respond to one of mine. 

    However, you wouldn't have a problem with my tone if you agreed with my content, as it was more mild than your dismissals of "EV1ers" in other posts. 

    Further, my content had nothing to do with extolling the LEAF or Nissan. So it confuses me how you could *quote me* as having done so.  It had everything to do with advising against publicly and repeatedly bringing attention to one's own obvious poor purchase decision.  

    I can appreciate you pushing for respectful discussion. I had hoped that the "gates of hell" phrasing would be found humorous and take some of the sting out of the criticism.

  7. Well, I didn't like the comment about faulting the owners for buying the car while living in AZ. You aren't the first or won't be the last one to blame owners for living in AZ. I think it is Nissan's fault for falsely advertise the product unfit for the region. If it wasn't for those owners, Nissan would NEVER offer the capacity warranty that all Leaf owners enjoy in all region today.

    Buyers with "defective" product will tend to complain more than others. They spent over $30k of hard earn $ on the product so I can see why. They are also trying to warn others. Sure, the repeated post can be boring or tiring but that is different from a 20 yr old story of EV-1. EV-1 was NEVER FOR SALE. Leaf was ACTIVELY marketed for the hot region.

  8. Actually, to be fair with Nissan, many of the buyers are located in the fairly mild regions.

    But I agree with you on the fact that Leaf is NOT ready for hot climate.

  9. @John: A note from your friendly site moderator. Your last several dozen comments have all been fundamentally the same: attacks on the Nissan Leaf for having "defective" batteries.

    Might I suggest that, at a minimum, you add to future comments a link to a discussion of this supposed "defect" and an explanation of what use cases trigger it--and which ones don't?

    Your point of view is welcome here, but the repetition is becoming tiresome. Also, "defective" has a very specific meaning in the case of new cars--and I suspect Nissan would strenuously disagree with your usage of the term.

    As always, further explanation (within the 750-character limit) would be helpful. Thanks in advance.

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  11. before the leaf was ever released, i stated the following:

    it is up to nissan to make sure that people are aware of the battery shortcomings.

    and that perhaps the leaf should not be sold in certain areas, while it does not have a thermal mgmt system.

    i havent changed my mind.

  12. As a somewhat shaken owner of Renault's Fluence ZE through the defunct, but now re-incarnated Better Place electric vehicle charging and battery replacement station venture here in Israel, I can be proud of the fact that relative to our population of 7 million, the 900 or so Renault Fluence electric vehicles constitute a much higher proportion than the 30,000 on the road in the US, and the numbers for Japan or Europe. As I understand it, for the newly revived enterprise to make a success here, we will need to have upwards of 3000 on the roads. That's a long-shot, but our owners' association is pulling (and pushing) for its success.

  13. @Menachem: I'm not sure where you get the figure of 30,000 plug-in electric cars on U.S. roads.

    The number is now more than 100,000, and climbing by about 8,000 a month:

  14. @John, my guess is that Menachem was just counting electric vehicles, whereas your tally includes plug-in hybrids.
    Still not quite accurate but at least closer...

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  16. solar roadways solution is to use the biggest most powerful completely mobile power plant we have - 93 million miles away.


    i was watching an educational video - the sun emits more energy in 1 second than has ever been used on our planet, since it was created to now.

  17. Solar sure is great, but roads surface seems to be one of the worst place imaginable to put cells.

    What about we cover some more rooftops, carports etc first? Dramatically cheaper to install and maintain, and more effective because such places don't get soiled or shaded much...

  18. they will start out doing parking lots. that phase will last a long time. and it will be a big boon right away - in the sense that it will provide all the electricity for the business, such as a walmart.

    at the same time, all the parked cars will be recharging.

    the liability issues are not nearly as great, as opposed to a road where a car is really moving.

    i see that system as possibly a century-long transformation.

    but look at the site, and what the technology is already doing - it is impressive, to say the least.

    if i recall, all of the concrete in just the usa, could generate enough electricity for the entire planet.

    we have the capability - just how it is gonna be controlled by the bigwigs is an entirely different issue.

  19. Naysayers should perhaps start a page titled gasguzzlers.com or big oil.com. There, they can extol the virtues of ICE- Long live the Wankel, etc. Hey, I drive a Harley and a Subaru. But I'm ready to sell them both and save up for an EV- as soon as I get my car share situation together for the interim...

    Kudos to Musk, Ghosn, even Bob Lutz.... Yeah, that's right, I wanna hear big news from Via. Like they're going after Mack, Kenworth and Peterbilt.

  20. They don't see it as the virtues of the ICE, but as "How the world really is," and all your talk of EV's is an affront to all that is right and good!

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