Renault Nissan Alliance cumulative plug-in sales nearing half a million

Renault ZOE - Nissan LEAF

Cumulative sales of plug-in vehicles by the Renault Nissan Alliance (which also includes Mitsubishi and Dacia) reached 481,151 units in the first half of 2017.

The top sellers are the Nissan LEAF and the Renault Zoe, which remains the top EV sold in Europe, followed by Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV. Sales of the PHEV versions of the Mitsubishi Outlander surpassed 13,000 units.

Plug-ins still represent a tiny fraction of total auto sales. Total vehicle sales for the Alliance in the first half were 5,268,079, a 7% increase over the same time period last year.

Renault ZOE


Source: Renault via Green Car Congress

  • Ramon A. Cardona

    Great news but MUST each report include the percentage of sales? It is so repeated it has become that rock in a person’s shoe; aggravating and serves no purpose!

    • Malcolm Scott

      An alternative view is that market share is an important indicator, far more important than total sales. A sale of a new car is not necessarily a good thing for the environment. Thus for every car that is sold the % that are electric is I think a better indicator for action towards a safe climate.

      It’s fabulous news that in many significant markets that market share in the last year has moved above 1% towards 2%.

  • Robert Cattle

    Still recommend the tubular minimal jelly roll like Panasonic/Tesla as against pocket plates for life and specific power.

    • Michael Powell

      Except that tubular cells are inefficient on space. Easier and cheaper to make, perhaps, but long-term, it’s not the way to go.

      • Robert Cattle

        Michael, please take this reply kindly as it is not intended to be aggressive.
        I do not know your experience in design and cycle life tests on secondary cells and batteries. I was general manager and director of the old part of SAFT when it was part of CGE France. Nickel Cadmium, Nickel Hydrogen, Nickel Iron, Secondary silver zinc (torpedo propulsion) , Silver Cadmium,Thermal batteries, Metal -air, Sewater batteries, fuel cells and primary Lithium couples ranging from Sulphur dioxide, Silver chromate, copper oxide, etc etc and these mostly primary but where need was high Specific Power and naturally high milli amps per square Cm.
        Primaries vary from tubular,originally not jelly roll, and secondaries usually pocket plate or limited jelly roll cylindrical cells for batteries.
        Paper thin primaries and button cells followed.
        My contribution was the mass production of spherical cells (My Patent taken by CGE- 1979) pin size to larger cell sizes , based on jewellery methods of making hollow silver beads.
        I totally accept your comment that tubular cells are not space efficient, but limited jelly roll structure, has a far more stable (long life) non flexible structure

        Yes of course Pocket pouch plate cells are on paper better on space but they need added structure (as a battery) to pressure retain the cells in order to prevent cyclic swelling and movement.
        Comparison the Leaf versus Tesla/Panasonic series 3
        I am concerned that some companies are rushing into Lithium – ion cells/batteries
        Without long term (in application) testing. A guarantee of 10 year cycle life of the complete battery, tested over bumps and bangs on top of variable temperature cycles.
        As a long term consultant in the battery market (now retired) I watch with near 50 years of battery experience,with remaining questions on secondary battery life in real application (EV’s). (NOT just cell tests)

        • Michael Powell

          I’m sure you have satisfactory experience in the industry. But over the years I’ve met many representatives from manufacturers who are keen to claim that their way of doing things is the best.

          They cannot all be.

          I, as a buyer don’t want any particular product forced on me. I want the product that works best for me, not the supplier.

          So, when I say that I want cells that are efficient on space, thats what I want. I don’t want the cylindrical cells that you might find easier or cheaper to fabricate.

          I think we see that with Jaguar. They have moved on from cylindrical cells for their i-Pace.

          • Robert Cattle

            They real tested battery world with long term testing, reliability , thermal stability and performance at +70 to -40 on bumpy roads, is not possible even for jaguar
            Chinese or not. With imagined reproducible 45 mins 80% charging is fraught with potential faults.

            Solid state pocket plates for the future, yes but not now.

            Tesla cylindrical / Panasonic are the next ten years first phase entries.
            The next 2030 solid states are on test now but there will be a big hiccup
            On present batteries…..wait and see.

          • Michael Powell

            Not sure what you are saying. So the customer is wrong?

            And because you cannot achieve what the customer requires then it must be impossible?

            Typical of salespeople!!

  • Michael Powell

    I’d get a second Zoe except the car is selling out. Something to do with shortage of battery supply. Perhaps some Californian start-up is mopping up production runs. Grrrr