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Renault takes the lead on European EV sales

The plug-in Renault Zoe EV

Renault is the best performing brand in Europe in electric vehicles sales, with a market share of 23.6 per cent and 23,086 units registered in 2015 – up 49 per cent on 2014.

The manufacturer celebrated the success of its plug-in offerings after one out of five electric cars sold in Europe was a Renault Z.E. vehicle in 2015.

In the UK 2015 saw demand for electric vehicles rise by 48% to nearly 10,000 vehicles in 2015, with an increased demand for plug-in hybrid vehicles by rising by 133% to more than 18,000 vehicles.

Nissan’s Leaf was the UK’s biggest selling all-electric car, with 5,238 registrations compared to the Renault Zoe’s 2,058 registrations.

The European all-electric vehicle market stands at 97,687 units, up 47.8 per cent compared to 2014, however, and Renault is making gains.

Renault ZOE is the top-selling all-electric passenger car with its market share increasing by 2.2 percentage points to 19.2 per cent and 18,453 new registrations in 2015.

It performed particularly well in France, where it recorded a 48.1 per cent market share (versus 41.2 per cent in 2014) and 10,670 units sold, thanks to the “superbonus” incentive set up by the French government in April 2015. More than half of ZOE sales in France benefitted from the incentive.

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