Renault now lets you buy out the battery lease in more countries

Renault Zoe and battery

Last year I wrote an article about Renault allowing to buy out the battery lease in Portugal and Spain. The process isn’t always easy, because communicating with RCI is a difficult task, not only for dealers, but especially for private customers.

Nonetheless, it’s possible to get good results if you’re persistent. If you’re really interested in buying an used Renault Zoe, but don’t want to pay a lifetime battery rental, you should contact RCI by phone and e-mail, if it doesn’t work, contact multiple dealers and explain that you’re only interested in buying an used Zoe without battery rental. Some dealers have better communication channels with RCI than others, which make the process of the battery lease buy out much easier for those dealers.

Even in Portugal, where the battery lease buy out is already possible for a long time, the process isn’t easy for private customers.

Anyway, in Germany, RCI is now communicating that customers will soon be able to do it.

Allowing customers to buy out the battery lease of used Zoes will reduce the time they sit on dealers’ lots, essentially depreciating.

For example, in France you can buy an used Zoe for little more than 7.000 €, if you pay 5.000 € for the battery you get a nice affordable electric car.


Which other countries do you know where the battery lease buy out is already possible?



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Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. I’m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.

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3 years ago

But do you know the price? You say if it costs 5k. Hmmm, I don’t know. Already have enough problems in my life as it is.

Pedro Fernandes
3 years ago

Comprar usado com aluguer de bateria sem limite de Km em nome individual, fica economicamente no meu entender mais vantajoso do que o diesel. Ainda temos sempre a bateria com capacidade de carga. Estamos a falar quem faça pelo menos 40.000 Km ano. Se estou errado agradeço que me corrijam.

3 years ago

Hi Pedro! I think you made a mistake in evaluating the price of the 41 kWh battery. In Italy I upgraded my Zoe from 22 kWh battery rental to 41 kWh battery rental at a cost of 3.500 €. In order to be able to switch from renting a 22 kWh battery to purchasing a new 41 kWh battery, Renault needed an incredible 15.000€! Obviously, I do not believe that anyone has chosen the last option.

Carlos Silva
3 years ago

Lorenzo, You are correct, but he was talking about buying the used 22kwh battery that is in the car. The 41 kWh battery is more expensive at the beginning starting near the 9000€ plus taxes. And you also have to count with the return of the old 22 kWh battery.