Renault Zoe future: production and sales goals

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In May, Renault managed to sell 2.679 units of the Zoe worldwide, while at the same time, the French automaker sold 42.695 units of its gas counterpart, the Renault Clio 4. Renault sells more units of the Clio 4 in one month, than Zoes in one entire year. Unfortunately, this demonstrates that there is still a long way to go until EVs finally replace ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) cars.

However, Renault – which is 15 % owned by the French government – has plans to increase EV production and sales.

This year, the production capacity for the Renault Zoe is 60.000 units per year, which represents a 50 % increase from last year (40.000). This recent 50 % production capacity increase is mainly possible due to the LG Chem battery cell plant in Poland, which started production this year. Furthermore, Renault wants the Zoe to reach an annual production of 120.000 units by 2022.



Let’s see Renault Zoe’s sales evolution.


Renault Zoe sales

2016: 21.998

2017: 31.932

2018 (YTD): 14.242


Considering that LG Chem is already producing battery cells in Europe (Poland) and the new Renault Zoe R110 will have its first deliveries starting in two months, I think that’ll be difficult to sell more than 50.000 units this year, but not impossible. Ghosn’s paycheck depends on it. The end of the Q3 (September) and Q4 (December) will have to reach record levels.

Anyway, currently, the Renault Zoe is produced at Flins plant, side-by-side with two other superminis: the Renault Clio 4 and the Nissan Micra. With the introduction of the Renault Clio 5 in the coming months, Renault will shift more Clio production to Turkey, leaving more production capacity available to the Zoe in Flins. Furthermore, as it happen previously, the new Zoe should be presented soon after the new Clio. Some industry sources point to the Paris Motor Show 2018, which will take place from the 4th to 14th of October. Only then we’ll know if the new Zoe will be well prepared to face upcoming electric superminis, such as the Volkswagen Neo, Peugeot 208 EV, Opel eCorsa and Honda Fit EV.



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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

I am a Zoe owner since 2013… And i just cant say… Renault seems to change the vE world but with this poor number… 120.000 in 2022… I just wanna cry.
The tesla 3 in achiving 4000 units per week!!!
200.000 units per year now! Not in 4 years. Zoes 80.000 per year perhaps??
Ummmm 6.3% EV marked real… Zoe side by clio side. Interesting!!!

3 years ago

Indeed, intention is to reach somehow 50 to 60k vehicles in 2018, with more than 100k after 2020. New ZOE will be SOP end 2018 or beg. 2019 (naming code X10 NEO) and is supposed to offer DC charging 50kW at least. Not sure we can expect more features apart of it. Real change will be for 2021 with a complete new ZOE based on Renault-Nissan new EV platform (60kWh battery min. 100kW or more DC charge…e-Powertrain 100-150kW)

3 years ago
Reply to  nono538

At what price? 35k€ electric “Clio” is not acceptable…

3 years ago
Reply to  Olaf

difficult to say obviously.. but Renault targets -30% costs in future and reached this year break-even point on EVs. Hence, one can assume below 25k€ with better product offering more performance

3 years ago

FYI, there is no ZOE batteries coming from LGC poland plant yet.