The Renault-Nissan Alliance has reached a new milestone by selling its 100,000th zero-emission car. Renault and Nissan’s electric vehicles have travelled around 841 million zero-emission kilometers, representing 53 million liters of saved oil and 124 million kg of unreleased carbon dioxide. Renault-Nissan Alliance chairman and chief executive Carlos Ghosn remarked that “the age of the mainstream zero-emission vehicle is here.”
He said that the alliance expects demand for zero-emission cars to continue growing as the charging infrastructure develops, adding that they are 100% committed to zero-emission technology for the long term. In fact, Renault-Nissan has sold more zero-emission cars than all other major carmakers combined. The alliance sold its first EV, a Nissan Leaf, to engineer Olivier Chalouhi in Silicon Valley in December 2010.
The alliance sold its 100,000th EV, also a Nissan Leaf, to Allison Howard who is a graduate student at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta, Georgia. Howard said that the Leaf was “great,” thanks to fact that it is all electric and she doesn’t spend money on gas as a college student.
Renault-Nissan has sold over 71,000 Nissan Leafs to customers around the world, making its best-selling electric vehicle. The EV also accounted for over half of all global sales of pure electric cars. Nissan LEAF earned the 2011 World Car of the Year, European Car of the Year 2011 and Car of the Year Japan 2011-2012 awards.
The alliance has sold around 30,000 Renault-branded EVs since launching its first model, Kangoo Van Z.E., in late 2011. Renault dominates the electric vehicle market in Europe, accounting for 61 percent of total sales, selling mostly to customers in France, Germany and Italy.