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When scanning via the media of electric vehicles, certain brand names are more important than others. Tesla is obviously mentioned frequently. Nissan, which has been in the EV game for 1
But none of these brands make Europe’s most popular electric vehicle when it comes to sales. According to Bloomberg, this title goes to the French car maker Renault and its affordable electric car Zoé.
In the past six months, the Tesla Model 3 has been the best-selling electric vehicle in a number of European countries such as Iceland, Germany and the UK, far outperforming any competition. Nevertheless, the Zoé managed to sell more units overall.
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Renault sold almost 40,000 Zoés in the first half of 2020. T.The French brand sold almost 50,000 units of the EV worldwide in 2019. It looks like Renault will break its previous sales record for the city car that has been growing since its launch in 2013 in the next five months of the year.
This could surprise many people, including me. The Renault Zoé is an undeniably reasonable electric vehicle and its popularity is easy to understand.
However, it has risen to the top as Europe’s most popular electric vehicle without making a fuss. While looking at Tesla’s roller coaster stock price and Model 3 sales, the Zoé has quietly followed and has become a popular machine.
However, one of the main reasons for success is affordability. Prices for the Renault Zoé start at €32,000 ($ 37,000). Most European governments offer subsidies between € 4,000 and € 9,000, which makes the car so cheap – if not cheaper – than gasoline equivalents.
In fact, in Germany recently Renault Zoé was recently rented in Germany and the cost was fully covered by government subsidies – meaning the car was practically free for two years.
It makes perfect sense that Renault sold so many. Maybe it’s flown under the radar because affordability just isn’t as exciting as self-driving cars or speeds from zero to 60 seconds under four seconds.
Phew, hey you!
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