Renault-Nissan Alliance Bests 200,000 EV Sales Mark
The Renault-Nissan Alliance, now over fifteen years old, shares a CEO in Carlos Ghosn and the honor of being the world's largest electric vehicle maker, with the two companies holding 58 percent of the global market share for zero-emissions vehicles (ZEVs) between them.
The alliance recently surpassed the 200,000th electric vehicle sales mark. Together, Renault and Nissan EVs have driven approximately 4 billion zero-emission kilometers (2.5 billion miles). That's enough to circle the earth 100,000 times.
Of the 200,000+ EVs sold, Nissan sold about 148,700 units since the introduction of the LEAF in December of 2010. 67,000 of those LEAF sales have been in the United States, the top market for the car, followed by Japan (46,500) and Europe (31,000).
Renault, which sells mainly in Europe and near-Asia, has sold 51,500 electric vehicles thus far since the Kangoo Z.E. went on sale in October of 2011. Renault's top markets are France, Germany and the United Kingdom. In October of this year, Renault became the number one seller of EVs in Europe, holding a market share there of 31 percent thanks to its ZOE holding 23 percent of that market.
The 200,000th EV was old in November. From January to that point this year, the Renault-Nissan Alliance has sold about 66,500 units of electric vehicles, up about 20 percent over the same period last year. Two out of three EVs sold globally are a Renault or Nissan EV.
Sales of the Nissan LEAF in the U.S. are up almost 35 percent over last year and the car has already broken its own annual sales record with a month of sales left to go.