Renault has presented the keys of the first ZOE electric vehicle to Arnaud Montebourg, French Minister of Industrial Recovery. The first delivery of ZOE comes ahead of further deliveries set for between now and the end of 2012 and mass launch in the Renault network in first-quarter 2013.
ZOE, the spearhead of Renault’s Z.E. range, is the Group’s first full-electric car. The vehicle qualifies for a €7,000 (US$9,217) government environmental bonus, bringing the starting price in France down to €13,700 (US$18,038) including VAT.
The first ZOE delivery is a vital step in Renault’s electric vehicle offensive, aimed at making zero-emission mobility affordable for the greatest number. The commitment of the government and Mr Montebourg, as confirmed today, is a decisive advantage for making France a robust cornerstone of electric vehicle development and serves to reinforce Renault’s position as a French champion on the international stage.—Carlos Tavares, Chief Operating Officer of the Renault group
The launch will be accompanied by the widespread development of public and private charging stations with the support of the taskforce headed by Philippe Hirtzman and tasked with stimulating and backing infrastructure projects in large urban agglomerations.
As of the end of October 2012, Renault has put 16,600 electric vehicles on the road in Europe. As of the end of September 2012, Renault led the European electric PC + LCV market (excluding Twizy) with a 28.2% share.
Renault led the French EV market with sales of 4,566 units (including 1,999 Twizys) at end-October 2012.
Some 10,000 charging stations had been installed in Europe at end-2011. This figure has now risen to roughly 15,000 (up 50% on end-2011).