Milestone: Nissan-Renault reaches 100,000th electric car sold
70% LEAFsNissan and Renault are part of an alliance that shares management, resources, and technology, so it makes sense to look at their combined sales. They've just reached the important milestone of 100,000 electric vehicles sold, with about 70,000 being Nissan LEAFs and 30,000 being Renault models (ie. Kangoo Z.E.,Fluence Z.E. sedan, the two-seat commuter vehicle Twizy, the subcompact ZOE EV).
Put together, all these electric cars have driven approximately 841 million kilometers (522.6 million miles), enough to go around the earth more than 20,000 times. That adds up to about 53 million liters (14 million gallons) of oil saved and 124 million kg of C02 avoided.
"The age of the mainstream zero-emission vehicle is here," said Renault-Nissan Alliance Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn. "We expect demand to keep growing as the charging infrastructure develops – and we remain 100% committed to zero-emission technology for the long term."
To celebrate, they've made this little promo video (it won't win any Oscars...):
What will be really interesting will be to see where Renault-Nissan will go next. What other models are coming? An electric Altima would probably sell well. Will they invest in more fast-charging stations to compete with Tesla's Supercharger network? Will they become even more aggressive on pricing?