Renault has admitted electric vehicles sales are disappointing.
Renault sales and marketing director Stephen Norman said: “Overall sales are running well below expectations,” he said. “The volume coming through is lower than we’d thought.”
The Renault Twizy is outselling the Fluence saloon by four to one in the UK in the brand's electric car offering.
In the last five months 252 Twizys have been sold in the UK, compared with 64 Fluence ZEs. The Kangoo ZE commercial van is ahead overall on 279 units.
The picture is repeated across Europe, said Norman.
“The Twizy is a big success; it’s selling in line with expectations,” Norman told Autocar.co.uk.
Norman is more confident in the fortunes of the Zoe EV hatchback which goes on sale next year.
“The Zoe has extraordinary roadholding because of its low centre of gravity,” he said. “And it has demonic acceleration that’s delivered in absolute silence.”
The Zoe, Norman said, will have “an effective 100-mile range”.