Renault ZOE sells almost as much as the Clio in Europe

Renault ZOE sells almost as much as the Clio in Europe
Renault plug-in cars

Last month the all-electric supermini ZOE was Renault’s second best selling car, only a little behind the extremely popular Clio. The sales of the Renault Twingo ZE are also getting very close to its gas counterpart.

 

Let’s see how many units were sold by Renault to private buyers in Europe last month.

 

December sales in Europe

  • Clio: 20.404
  • ZOE: 16.035 (all-electric)
  • Twingo: 4.723
  • Twingo ZE: 3.343 (all-electric)

 

At the moment, Renault seems to be the legacy automaker that is making the best transition to electric cars in Europe, by having good electric alternatives to its most popular ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) cars.

Another important reason for success is the fact that electric cars sold by Renault currently have the lowest delivery times in Europe.

 

Renault MΓ©gane eVision and Dacia Spring Electric
Renault MΓ©gane eVision and Dacia Spring Electric

 

Anyway, I think that it’s possible that during this year the Renault Twingo will have more units sold of its electric version than the ICE. Moreover, with the new generation set to arrive already next year – likely with more range, faster charging and lower price -, the ICE version will probably be discontinued and the Renault Twingo will become electric only.

As for the ZOE, it’s still much more expensive than the Clio in countries without government subsidies to buy electric cars, so it might take a while until it’s ready to completely replace its dirty sibling.

 

Regarding other legacy automakers in Europe, I think that they need to bet more on electric superminis like the Renault ZOE, instead of bigger, heavier and more expensive models.

The first automaker to sell a well-made electric supermini with a WLTP range of at least 300 km and a price close to 20.000 euros before subsidies in Europe, will dominate the market. Something that MG is aiming to do already this year

Will MG successfully deliver a good alternative to the best selling electric car in Europe?

 

 

More info:

https://group.renault.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/worldwide-sales-by-model-and-country_dec-2020.xlsx

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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Adrian
Adrian
1 month ago

Before Christmas I get a Zoe Riveria, saw deal Internet 14500€ off and 6000 subsidiary made 21.000€ fully loaded. The 52 kWh is a sweet spot, range is around like ID.3 58 kWh.

Pedro Lima
Pedro Lima
1 month ago
Reply to  Adrian

Congrats Adrian, that was a good deal. How long did you have to wait for delivery?

Chris hansen
Chris hansen
1 month ago

Because the Clio has moved from a position of being a top sales to having marginal sales

facile
facile
1 month ago
Reply to  Chris hansen

It sells less, but as sales have dropped in general, the Clio is still a best-seller.
https://automotomagazin.com/the-race-for-the-best-selling-car-in-europe/

Rodri
Rodri
29 days ago
Reply to  Chris hansen

I don’t think so. Sales of Clio have been stable at around 300k in the previous years. In 2020 sold less: 246.047, but I think it was for Covid. Meanwhile 103k Zoe sales, up from 2019’s 45k, grow stronger every year. Only its higher price and somehow not-mainstream design avoids complete cannibalization of Clio sales at this point.

Rok
Rok
1 month ago

Pedro, de Meo had said on Renaulution event that they are going to start using LFP chemistry as well. Do you see them start using the new Guoxuan LFP battery? Could be ideal for Zoe and Megane (biggest version) and Twingo as well (middle and small version). Also, upcoming new Kangoo could be good candidate as well.

Pedro Lima
Pedro Lima
1 month ago
Reply to  Rok

I doubt it. Volkswagen controls Guoxuan.

It’s more likely that Renault will use LFP battery cells made in Germany by CATL.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJERMKDXBok

Rok
Rok
1 month ago
Reply to  Pedro Lima

Thank you for your answer. There was not much news regarding the upgrade of their LFP cells since the Spring. I’ve only found this
CATL’s lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery, in the new CTP (cell to pack) design, is rated at 160 Wh/kg at the pack level.”

This cells are somewhat behind the current best in the class cells from SVOLT and Guoxuan. Do you have any more recent news than me?

Pedro Lima
Pedro Lima
1 month ago
Reply to  Rok

Energy density isn’t the only variable that matters. We don’t have enough data – such as power density, cost or life cycle of the battery cells – to compare CATL with BYD, SVOLT or Guoxuan.

In the real world BYD and CATL have the advantage, they are already producing many cobalt-free battery packs.

Cobalt-free battery cells from SVOLT and Guoxuan are very promising, but we need to wait until they get into real battery packs to know for sure how great they actually are.

Rodri
Rodri
29 days ago

Competition canΒ΄t come soon enough. Definitely Renault is well positioned to compete lowering prices if needed. Brands who didnΒ΄t commit to EVs are going to pay the price. As an example, Biden announced federal cars will be electric and made in the US. Well only Nissan and GM among legacy makers meet the requirements. Ford, Chrysler, Toyota will pay the price.