Renault crossed the symbolic threshold of 100,000 electric vehicles registered in France on February 26th. With more than 1,500 units sold at the beginning of 2019 alone, ZOE best embodies the ever-growing appetite of the French for the electric car. This result comes as Groupe Renault has already surpassed 200,000 electric vehicles sold in Europe.
In 2012, Renault holds its own as electric car pioneer with the launch of a small city car and its curvaceous lines. ZOE quickly establishes itself as spearhead of the electric car on the French market. It scored more than 5,000 registrations in its first full year of sales in 2013. Yet, at that time, all drivers were not aware of the many advantages of the electric car, whether in terms of economy, enjoyment or comfort. And charging infrastructures were still very few on public roads!
After six years and several significant technical developments like the generalization of Z.E. 40 batteries or the introduction of the R110 engine, ZOE is more than ever number one in electric car sales in France. It totals more than 17,000 sales in 2018 and the month of January 2019 confirms the trend. 1,496 ZOEs were registered in the first month of the year, i.e. half of electric car sales in France over that period, all brands combined. A beautiful recognition for a car entirely designed and manufactured in France!
This success must be added to that of the other electric vehicles of the Group enabling it to cross the threshold of the 100,000 registrations on its domestic market. That mark was reached on February 26, 2019. So today more than 100,000 French drivers travel the roads of the Hexagon behind the wheel of a Renault electric car! In detail, there are more than 67,000 ZOEs in circulation but also more than 21,000 Kangoo Z.E.s and nearly 6,000 units of the Twizy urban quadricycle.
This symbolic step comes a few months after Renault reaffirmed its industrial commitment in France, the third largest market for electric vehicles in Europe. In fact, the Group announced in the summer of 2018 an investment of more than one billion euros aiming to develop and strengthen its resources mobilized around the electric vehicle.
The Flins plant, located near Paris, where 60,000 ZOEs are already assembled each year, will for example double its production capacity to 120,000 vehicles per year. In parallel, it will host the assembly lines for a new platform defined in 2019. For its part, the Cléon plant in Normandy will triple the pace of electric motors manufactured by Renault, aiming to reach 240,000 units produced per year. It will develop simultaneously the future powertrain scheduled for 2021.
The Douai site, in the Nord department, will focus part of these investments on the future industrial platform of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.
Together, these resources will contribute to the objectives set out by Renault in its Drive the Future strategic plan: offering a catalog of 8 electric cars by 2022.
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