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Renault boss expects electric vehicle sales to double | Autocar

Renault remains committed to electric vehicles, according to chief operating officer Carlos Tavares – and the company expects its global EV sales to more than double to 36,000 units this year.

Between October 2011 – when Renault’s electric range launched with the Fluencesaloon and Kangoo van – and the end of last year, more than 18,000 EVs were sold by the French firm.

“We are the leaders in EV sales and we intend to stay so,” said Tavares. “We are the only manufacturer with four EV models. Our European market share as an automotive company, including Renault and Dacia, is nine per cent, but our share of the zero-emissions vehicles market is 51 per cent.”

Tavares acknowledged the growing amount of manufacturers committing to plug-in hybrids as opposed to full electric vehicles, but felt such a solution was only applicable to higher-priced luxury cars and posed significant financial challenges for manufacturers and consumers alike.



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