The Renault-Nissan Alliance has sold its 350,000th electric vehicle since December 2010, when the Nissan LEAF went on sale.
The Alliance has announced it achieved the milestone last month, while also setting an industry record of 100,000 EVs sold in a single year.
The Alliance says it accounts for half of the EVs sold worldwide, with the LEAF being the industry’s best-selling EV ever, with more than 230,000 units sold globally. Renault is the best-performing EV brand in Europe.
“This historic milestone confirms our customers’ recognition of the benefits of Renault and Nissan electric vehicles,” Alliance Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn said. “Our commitment to contribute toward a zero-emissions world by bringing to the market a full range of affordable EVs makes Renault-Nissan the indisputable leader in EV technology.”
The Renault-Nissan Alliance says it is the only global car group with a wide range of zero-emission vehicles for personal and business use. In addition to the LEAF, Nissan also sells the e-NV200, a light commercial vehicle sold mainly in Europe and Japan since 2014. Along with the ZOE, Renault also sells the Renault Kangoo Z.E van, the SM3 Z.E. sedan and the Twizy, a two-seat, urban commuter vehicle.
To date, Nissan has sold more than 250,000 EVs in 48 markets globally. The Nissan LEAF has driven more than 1.7 billion miles, which the Alliance says has helped to prevent an estimated 455,249,190 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. The United States, Japan and Europe accounted for 90 percent of LEAF sales, with the U.S. leading the way with about 97,000 sales, followed by Japan (68,000) and Europe (61,000).
The Alliance says it continues to innovate by combining its EV expertise with the research and development of other advanced technologies. In January, it announced plans to launch more than 10 vehicles with autonomous drive technology by 2020. The technology will be installed on mainstream, mass-market cars at affordable prices, confirming the Alliance’s commitment to achieve its twin goals of zero-emissions and zero-fatalities.