Zoe EV Top Seller in Europe
While critics are pointing out that U.S. President Obama hasn't reach his goal of one million electric cars in America by 2015 - we're at about 40% of that goal with an estimated 400,000 plug-in cars on the road as of mid-January 2016 - that hasn't slowed the uptake of EVs in Europe.
Not including electric (plug-in) hybrid for which statistics aren't yet available, a record 97,687 EVs were sold across Europe last year. That's a nearly 50% increase over 2015 sales. The two companies benefiting most from the surge: the Renault Nissan Alliance, makes of the Zoe compact sedan, Kangoo ZE panel van, and the LEAF. Together, the two companies have sold a quarter million all-electric cars. While the LEAF is the top seller globally, in Europe that honor goes to the Zeo, pictured above. In 2015, it captured just over 19% of the entire EV market. Together with the Kangoo electric work van and the Twizy electric urban runabout, the French carmakers owned a quart of the market.
Renault reports that since the launch of these three cars in 2011 until the end of 2015, it has sold just shy of 80,000 all-electric vehicles. The four passenger, five door Zeo hatchback is powered by a 65kW (88 hp) electric drive system that utilizes a 22kWh lithium battery pack. Range varies from 100km (62 miles) in cold weather conditions to 150km (92 miles) in temperate conditions. Top speed is 135km/h (84 mph). Prices new in Europe run from € 17490 to € 19290, while near-new used models can be had in the UK for under £9,000 ($12,745US).
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Having built 15,000 of the light urban runabouts, new European regulations now allow Renault to sell them to French families with teenagers.
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