Rumor: Renault will end the battery leasing next year

Renault Twizy, Zoe and Kangoo ZE

 

After Nissan, Renault is also slowly moving away from the battery leasing scheme.

 

As we saw in previous articles, Renault’s sister company, Nissan, is already leaving the battery leasing scheme. In Portugal and Spain, you can only order a Nissan electric car with battery included as you can see it here. While in the UK, Nissan Flex owners can now buy the batteries and terminate the battery rental as you can see it here.

Now it’s Renault that’s showing signs that it’s finally leaving the battery rental scheme.

Ocni, a member of the http://renault-zoe.forumpro.fr forum, wrote that he was informed that Renault by the end of 2017, will end the battery lease scheme and every new electric car sold by Renault will have the battery included. More importantly, Ocni adds that Renault electric car owners who are currently renting the batteries will become their owners. This will be explained as an act of goodwill and marketing towards EV pioneers.

He got this information at the Paris Auto Show from a source that he considers to be reliable.

 

While getting a “free” battery might seem unlikely at first, it does make sense, since I believe that Renault has been selling their electric cars with the battery cost included in the price since the beginning. All the money the company makes with the battery rental is extra profit. This explains why a Renault Zoe Life without its battery is approximately 13.000 € more expensive than a Clio Life as you can see it here.

 

I think that this rumor might turn out to be true and people who are currently leasing the batteries will get them for “free”, at least if they have been paying the rental for 36 months or more.

The late 2017 date makes sense, since it’s when the LG Chem battery cell plant in Poland will open. The opening of the LG Chem European plant will make possible a huge increase of Zoe’s production – and hopefully the Nissan Micra EV. The production increase needs to be accompanied with a price cut, to get the units sold as fast as they can make them.

 

What do you think? What’s the best strategy for Renault to quit the battery leasing scheme? Offer the battery or sell it at a symbolic price?

 

 

More info:

http://renault-zoe.forumpro.fr/t9052-exclusif-renault-vendrait-les-batteries-fin-2017

Pedro Lima

More than natural resources, are wasted human resources that bothers me the most. That’s why I’m a strong advocate of a society based on cooperation, not competition, that helps every individual to reach his full potential so that he can contribute back to society. “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs”.

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7 Responses

  1. Rik says:

    For free or at symbolic price ?! Good joke !! Don’t be credulous !

  2. sapcmc says:

    Most likely Renault will ask customers to buy the battery for 9000€ price they ask for a replacement one for current battery owners. That is a polite way for Renault to tell customers thanks but no thanks.

  3. Hotenergist says:

    The new lg-plant will run into production in Breslau / Poland.

    • Pedro Lima says:

      Thanks for the heads up.

      The first version of the article in addition to LG Chem also mentioned the Samsung SDI factory in Hungary, that’s why it got mess up when I decided to remove that part, but forgot to do it completely.

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