Renault-Nissan sells 100,000th EV
Dubai, July 24, 2013
The Renault-Nissan Alliance has marked a milestone by selling its 100,000th zero-emission car.
Electric cars from Renault and Nissan have driven approximately 841 million zero-emission kilometers - enough to circle the earth more than 20,000 times. Together, they represent 53 million litres of oil saved and 124 million kg of CO2 that have not been emitted.
“The age of the mainstream zero-emission vehicle is here," said Carlos Ghosn, chairman and CEO of Renault-Nissan Alliance.
"We expect demand to keep growing as the charging infrastructure develops - and we remain 100 per cent committed to zero-emission technology for the long term."
The 100,000th customer was American graduate student Allison Howard, who became an owner of Nissan Leaf earlier this month and drives the car to Kennesaw State University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Over 71,000 people worldwide have bought Nissan Leaf, the world's best-selling electric vehicle. Leaf makes up more than half of all global sales of pure electric cars.
The top markets for Nissan Leaf are the US with about 30,000 units, Japan with 28,000 units and Europe with 12,000 units.
In Norway, the Leaf is one of the top 10 vehicles sold and is Nissan's best-selling model. Over 4,600 people have bought Leafs since 2011, since EVs are exempt from value added tax (VAT) and road tolls, and they have access to bus lanes and free parking in the country.
Renault leads the electric vehicle market in Europe with a 61 per cent share, including Twizy. Renault's top markets in Europe are France, Germany and Italy.
Renault has sold about 30,000 electric vehicles since its first model, Kangoo ZE, went on sale in late 2011.
In addition, Renault also offers Fluence ZE sedan; the two-seat commuter vehicle Twizy; and the subcompact Zoe, launched earlier this year.
Twizy is Renault's best-selling model with about 11,000 units sold since it went on sale in early 2012.
The Alliance is the industry leader in EVs and remains fully committed to a zero-emission future, with vehicles that can be recharged using purely renewable energy.
The plug-in cars store energy in a lithium-ion battery that meets or exceeds all environmental and safety standards wherever they are sold. The vehicles can be "topped off" at any charge point, or they can be fully recharged overnight from the convenience of the driver's home, garage or parking deck.
In order to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles around the world, the Renault-Nissan Alliance is working with government authorities, utility companies and others to rollout a network of charging stations that allow drivers to recharge their cars from zero to 80 per cent capacity in less than 30 minutes. - TradeArabia News Service
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