number-one for electric vehicle sales in
2016, more than one electric vehicle in four is a Renault. And the market is
on the rise. ZOE is Europe’s biggest selling electric vehicle, and Kangoo Z.E.
leads the European market for electric light commercial vehicles.
motoring, for more breathable air.
Because they emit no
exhaust pollutants (particulates, nitrogen oxides, etc.) when driven,
electric vehicles have a key role to play in improving air quality, with the
attendant benefits to public health, especially in urban areas.
Studies have shown that
a 20% proportion of electric vehicles in city centres would bring a
reduction of up to 30% in the concentration of particulates and of up to 45%
in the concentration of nitrogen dioxide. These reductions
become especially important under peak pedestrian exposure conditions, when
pollutant levels rise as a result of meteorological conditions unfavourable
to pollutant dispersion.
an effective countermeasure
against climate change.
power is the real
breakthrough solution for countering climate change, because electric cars
emit no CO2 (carbon
dioxide) while driving(1).
Because an electric motor does not burn any fossil fuel, Renault is fully
committed to the electric vehicle as the innovative solution capable of
meeting today’s environmental challenges.
Even when we factor in CO2 emissions produced by generating the
electricity needed to charge an electric vehicle, the carbon balance is much
better than for an equivalent internal-combustion model in most of the
countries where electric vehicles are sold.
In Europe, the overall carbon figure averages around 72 grams of CO2
per km for ZOE, compared to at least 100 grams for an equivalent
The overall carbon footprint of an electric vehicle varies from one country
to another, with the degree of carbon dependency of local power plants. In
France, for example, where power-plant carbon dependency is relatively low,
the carbon footprint of the Renault ZOE is about 14 grams of CO2
Heading for zero
electricity generation included Stepping up
the energy transition.
contribute to the energy transition in the automotive industry by
reducing the use of fossil energies
(traditional fuels) for transport needs. According to the International
Energy Agency, with seven million electric vehicles on the road worldwide,
we would save 400,000 barrels of crude oil per day from now through to 2020.
And Renault electric vehicle can also contribute to the energy transition in
any other business sector than consumes electricity.
Renault is a
partner on various projects to develop technical solutions in the production
of “green” (i.e. low-carbon) electricity, the aim being to reduce depletion
of the planet’s natural resources. These solutions primarily seek to
compensate for the inherently intermittent nature of renewable energy
sources (solar, wind, etc.), this being the main impediment to development
of green electricity production today.
electric vehicles in car-share schemes
As well as
enjoying an environmentally sound transport practice, Renault electric
vehicle drivers also appreciate the unique driving sensations and superior
convenience of electric power.
Peace and quiet driving becomes much
less stressful without engine noise and vibration. Smooth,
crisp response. Acceleration is smooth,
perfectly linear and sprightly from low revs. In-home
When buying a Renault
electric vehicle, the customer gets full advice on the main charging station
for it (at the driver’s home or workplace, or a nearby street location).
on the increase.
The electric vehicle
charging infrastructure has been growing at a rate of 30% to 60% per year
since 2013. There are more than 100,000 stations worldwide and 80,000 in
Europe. By 2017 France will have trebled its charging infrastructure, to
40,000 stations in all.
At a fast-charge
station, it takes ZOE just 30 minutes to get a 80 to 120 km travel range
boost. There are already around 2,300 fast-charge stations along major trunk
roads in 15 European countries.
rental contract guarantees the customer a fully functional battery (at least
75% original charge capacity) at all times, regardless of vehicle age and
mileage. And Renault roadside assistance covers the vehicle even if it just
runs out of charge.
Electric vehicles enjoy
various privileges in many European cities: special lanes, congestion charge
exemption, in-street charging stations, and special-rate (or free) street
costs compared to
internal-combustion cars. Electric cars cost less
to run: servicing, insurance, charging, etc.
Electric vehicles for
Renault fields a full
range of electric vehicles, addressing a wide customer base with four models
that cover a broad usage spectrum: the ZOE compact city car, the Kangoo Z.E.
van, the Twizy urban quadricycle, and the RSM SM3 Z.E. upmarket sedan.
Purchase prices are comparable to those of equivalent internal-combustion
vehicles, especially in countries that practise tax incentives for electric
vehicles, and running costs are competitive.
Meeting new mobility
Renault anticipates and
responds to new mobility needs, seizing emerging opportunities for the use
of its all-electric vehicles. Because of increasing urban road congestion,
and for financial reasons, more and more people are giving up car ownership
in favour of car-pooling. Renault actively encourages sharing of its
In summer 2016 Groupe
Renault launched a new car-sharing service, Renault Mobility, providing both
private users and businesses with round-the-clock self-service access to
both electric and internal-combustion cars (ZOE, Captur, Clio). The service
is currently under trial in France, and Renault plans to develop this kind
of solution in urban and rural areas through its network of partners, with a
view to offering nationwide local access.