Renault-Nissan Alliance sells its 250,000th electric vehicle

  • Historic EV milestone reached in early June
  • Alliance sells half of all EVs globally
  • EV sales up nearly 15 percent through May vs. same period last year
  • Nissan LEAF remains world’s best-selling EV
  • Frenchman from Bordeaux bought 250,000th Alliance EV: a Renault ZOE

PARIS/YOKOHAMA – 06.24.2015 – The Renault-Nissan Alliance, the world’s leader in zero-emission mobility, has sold its 250,000th electric vehicle: a white Renault ZOE sold to a French engineer.

The Alliance reached the historic milestone in early June, just over four years after the launch of the Nissan LEAF, the world’s first mass-market zero-emission vehicle.* The Alliance today accounts for half of the electric vehicles sold worldwide. Nissan LEAF remains the best-selling electric vehicle of all time, with more than 180,000 units sold.

From January through May, the Alliance sold about 31,700 EVs – up nearly 15 percent over the same period of last year.

“Demand for our electric vehicles continues to grow thanks to government incentives and the expanding charging infrastructure,” said Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. “The positive response of our customers is also driving demand. These vehicles enjoy some of the highest levels of satisfaction rates from our customers around the world.”

Frenchman from Bordeaux takes delivery of 250,000th EV

The 250,000th owner is Yves Nivelle, a computer engineer who traded in his 21-year-old diesel car for the subcompact Renault ZOE. Nivelle bought his EV after the French government introduced an environmental bonus in April to allow owners of older, polluting diesel cars to trade them in and get a rebate of €10,000 on a new EV.

“The government’s environmental bonus was a big factor in my decision to get an EV,” said Nivelle. “But I have to say, I was convinced the first time I drove the car. It’s a real pleasure to drive, and it feels good to do my part for the environment.”

Alliance has full range of six 100% EVs; Renault leads in Europe

With six models on the road, the Renault-Nissan Alliance is the only global car group with a full range of 100-percent electric vehicles. In addition to the LEAF, Nissan also sells the e-NV200 van, which has been on sale in Europe and Japan since last year. In addition to the ZOE, Renault also sells the Renault Kangoo Z.E van, the SM3 Z.E. sedan and the Twizy, a two-seater urban commuter vehicle.

Yokohama, Japan-based Nissan has sold 185,000 electric vehicles worldwide since December 2010 when the Nissan LEAF went on sale. LEAF has collected numerous industry honors, including the 2011 World Car of the Year, European Car of the Year 2011, and Car of the Year Japan 2011-2012. The LEAF is sold in 46 markets. Nissan’s top EV markets are the United States, with about 80,000 sales since LEAF’s launch, Japan with about 53,500 units, and Europe with about 41,500.

Renault, based in Boulogne-Billancourt, France, has sold 65,000 electric vehicles worldwide since its first model, the Kangoo Z.E., went on sale in October 2011. Kangoo Z.E. was voted International Van of the Year 2012.

Renault was the No. 1 EV brand in Europe for the last two months, with a market share of 26 percent. Renault’s top markets are France, the United Kingdom, Germany and Norway. In France, where ZOE is the most popular EV with almost half the market, the government’s environmental bonus allows drivers to lease the ZOE, including the battery, for as little as €99 a month.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance was recently chosen as the official passenger-car provider for the United Nation’s COP21 climate conference in Paris from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11. The Alliance will provide a fleet of 200 EVs to shuttle delegates to the annual conference. It will be the first time the U.N. will use a zero-emission fleet for its entire passenger car shuttle at a COP event.

*No CO2 emissions and no regulated atmospheric pollutants while driving according to homologation cycle (NEDC).

Nissan global corporate activities reduce CO2 emissions by 22.6 percent

YOKOHAMA, Japan – 06.19.2015 – Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. made great strides in reducing CO2 emissions and improving sustainability in its global corporate activities in fiscal year 2014 while simultaneously increasing vehicle production and plant energy efficiency. The company achieved a 22.6 percent cut in CO2 when compared to fiscal year 2005, thus achieving its goal to reduce CO2 emissions from corporate activities by 20 percent during that period.

Nissan continues to work toward achieving its environmental targets set forth in the company’s action plan, Nissan Green Program 2016 (NGP2016), through a number of innovative sustainability initiatives in following key areas:

Corporate carbon footprint minimization
One of Nissan’s CO2 emission goals is to increase the usage rate of renewable energy in its global business activities to nine percent by fiscal year 2016. Nissan is utilizing a number of proven forms of sustainable energy generation to help minimize its corporate carbon footprint. One example of this is Nissan Mexico’s Aguascalientes A1 Plant, which has manufactured 500,000 vehicles through the use of clean energies, making it the first automotive company in Mexico, as well as the first manufacturing facility of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, to achieve this milestone. Through the use of renewable energy, Nissan Mexicana has prevented 152,800 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere, and has so far assembled 460,000 vehicles with wind power and 57,400 vehicles with biogas power from the city’s landfills. In all, the use of clean energies accounted for an astounding 68 percent of the production at the Aguascalientes A1 Plant.

The Nissan Energy Saving Collaboration (NESCO) conducts annual surveys (starting 2003 in Japan and 2013 in Europe, Mexico and China) to measure energy loss at Nissan plants in order to develop ongoing new energy-saving countermeasures. NESCO specializes in controlling energy consumption, and diagnoses and visualizes energy flow and its inefficiencies. For example, NESCO studies iron forging, casting and paint shops, then proposes measures to plant management on how to prevent energy loss. In fiscal year 2014, NESCO proposed solutions to reduce CO2 emissions by 50,000 tons.

NESCO has also been used at five Renault and Alliance plants, including AVTOVAZ, UAG and RSM, which have already seen excellent results. NESCO’s area of focus will expand to include waste water loss and waste reduction, in addition to energy loss and CO2 reduction.

Zero emission vehicle penetration
Nissan is improving sustainable mobility through the widespread use of zero emission vehicles. The Nissan LEAF electric vehicle has the ability to safely and conveniently supply electricity stored within its high-capacity lithium-ion batteries to a home through the LEAF to Home power supply system. In addition, Nissan’s “No Charge to Charge” program in the United States provides free access to selected charging stations for two years with the lease or purchase of a new Nissan LEAF in numerous cities including Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle.

In 2014, the company further expanded zero-emission mobility with the introduction of the e-NV200 in the European and Japanese markets. The versatile e-NV200, like the LEAF, has the potential to be used as a mobile power source. In China, the Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle Company, a division of Nissan’s joint venture with Dongfeng Motor Company, launched the Venucia e30 electric vehicle that offers Chinese consumers a fun-to-drive and reliable EV with very affordable operating costs.

The Nissan Green Program 2016 (NGP2016), launched in fiscal year 2011, is guiding Nissan’s efforts to reduce the company’s environmental impact and resource consumption from global corporate activities while advancing ecological harmony. The company is dedicated to improving in four main areas: zero-emission vehicle penetration, fuel-efficient vehicle expansion, corporate carbon footprint minimization and new natural resource use minimization.

Main Activities Progress Progress made in FY2014
1) Zero-emission vehicle penetration – e-NV200, second EV model, launched.
– Venucia e30 EV model launched in China.
2) Fuel-efficient vehicle expansion – Achieved a 36.4 percent CAFE*2 fuel economy improvement, two years earlier than planned.
– Developed Nissan Pure Drive engine technologies to reduce CO2.
3) Corporate carbon footprint minimization – Increased the usage of renewable energy (solar, wind, biomass, etc.).
– Conducted NESCO surveys for reducing energy usage.
– Increased modal shift to rail transport.
4) New natural resource use minimization – Nissan LEAF vehicle-to-grid project with U.S. DOD/California Energy Commission.
– Worked to achieve a 100 percent recovery rate to minimize waste/maximize recycling efficiency in each region around the globe.
– Develop/test small-scale hydropower generators.
– Achieved zero water waste in all Japan plants, India plant.

*1: Calculated by dividing the CO2 emissions from Nissan’s global corporate activities (manufacturing, logistics, office activities, and dealerships) with Nissan’s global unit sales.
*2: Sales-weighted average fuel economy of Nissan vehicles in the Japanese, U.S., European and Chinese markets.

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Nissan and 4R Energy partner with Green Charge Networks for commercial energy storage featuring second-life electric vehicle batteries

Partnership enables commercial use of second-life lithium-ion vehicle batteries

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – 06.15.2015 – Nissan Motor Company and Green Charge Networks, the largest provider of commercial energy storage, have joined forces to deploy second-life lithium-ion vehicle batteries for stationary commercial energy storage in the U.S. and international markets.

With more than 178,000 sales since its launch in late 2010, Nissan LEAF is the world’s top-selling electric vehicle. As part of the company’s commitment to sustainability and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Nissan has conducted multiple research projects in Japan, the U.S. and Europe to use LEAF batteries outside the vehicle through 4R Energy, a joint-venture with Sumitomo Corp. formed in 2010.

In a new stationary storage application powered by Green Charge’s intelligent software and Power Efficiency Agreement™, the second-life energy storage unit has a cost advantage over traditional units, opening up new markets where incentive programs are currently not offered.

Engineering teams from both companies have worked together for more than a year to ensure safety, reliability and performance of this offering for commercial customers.

The first combined storage unit will be installed at a Nissan facility this summer, where multiple Nissan LEAF batteries will be configured to offset peak electricity demand, creating savings while also benefiting the utility grid. Systems like this also can be paired with renewable energy sources such as wind or solar to further reduce a facility’s environmental footprint and enhance energy savings.

“A lithium-ion battery from a Nissan LEAF still holds a great deal of value as energy storage, even after it is removed from the vehicle, so Nissan expects to be able to reuse a majority of LEAF battery packs in non-automotive applications,” said Brad Smith, director of Nissan’s 4R Energy business in the U.S. “Nissan looks forward to working with Green Charge Networks to get second-life vehicle batteries into the hands of customers who can realize benefits that include improved sustainability and lower energy costs.”

“This partnership is extremely important to the distributed energy storage industry,” said Vic Shao, CEO of Green Charge. “This partnership is ultimately about power efficiency – reducing our carbon footprint, stress on the grid and energy costs.”