Yves Nivelle Makes His Mark in Green Car History, Buys a Renault ZOE
As of June 4th 2015, the Nissan Leaf/Renault ZOE is the best selling electric car in history. Notice I said “best selling”. I think the Tesla Model S would have no problem with the moniker of “the best”.
But selling 250,000 of any vehicle is no mean feat, and Renault-Nissan should be proud. According to the Alliance:
The Renault-Nissan Alliance, the world’s leader in zero-emission mobility, has sold its 250,000th electric vehicle: a white Renault ZOE sold to a French engineer.
The Alliance reached the historic milestone in early June, 4 ½ years after the launch of the Nissan LEAF, the world’s first mass-market zero-emission vehicle.* The Alliance today accounts for half of the electric vehicles sold worldwide. Nissan LEAF remains the best-selling electric vehicle of all time, with more than 180,000 units sold.
From January through May, the Alliance sold about 31,600 EVs — up nearly 15 percent over the same period of last year.
These numbers are based on global availability. Whereas the Volt is trying to slug it out in the US alone, the Alliance is working this from a truly global angle. And it’s working.
“Demand for our electric vehicles continues to grow thanks to government incentives and the expanding charging infrastructure,” said Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. “The positive response of our customers is also driving demand. These vehicles enjoy some of the highest levels of satisfaction rates from our customers around the world.”
Now who is this Yves Nivelle? As you saw in the video above, he’s the French computer engineer who traded in an old diesel for a new Renault ZOE, becoming the 250,000th owner of an Alliance EV. For all of those who hate the idea of government support for green technology and environmentalists sympathy in general, Nivelle’s words should burn. You see, he bought his EV after the French government introduced an environmental bonus in April to allow owners of older, polluting diesel cars to trade them in and get a rebate of €10,000 on a new EV.
“The government’s environmental bonus was a big factor in my decision to get an EV,” Nivelle said. “But I have to say, I was convinced the first time I drove the car. It’s a real pleasure to drive and it feels good to do my part for the environment.”
Structurally, the Alliance is already well past Tesla with a lineup of 6 all-electric models. Along with the Leaf/ZOE, they sell the e-NV200 van, Renault Kangoo Z.E van, the SM3 Z.E. sedan and the Twizy, a two-seater urban commuter vehicle.
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