Lockdown Bring Renault's EV Sales Expansion To A Stop In March

Over 17% of all-electric cars sold in Europe in the Q1 were Renault.

The coronavirus lockdown interrupted the great expansion of Renault electric car sales this year, which was at an all-time high during the first two months of the year.

The French company reports 5,129 BEV sales globally (down 5% year-over-year) in March and 23,390 during the first quarter (up 65%), including 22,810 in Europe, where Renault is responsible for 17.3% of all BEV car sales.

Because the overall Renault sales went down 25.9% in March to 672,922, the all-electric car share amounted to 5.5% globally and 9.5% in Europe! When limiting just to passenger cars in Europe, the ZOE actually stands for 11.1% of total Renault volume. Impressive, but again, Renault car sales tanked 36.0%.

Renault electric car sales – March 2020


As the European market was significantly impacted by COVID-19 lockdown in mid-March, sales of the most important model – ZOE – barely match the 2019 level. It would be an outstanding month otherwise.

A little negative surprise is that the City K-ZE noted just 35 sales in China last month. As Renault withdraws ICE passenger car segment in China, the K-ZE is currently the only passenger model to stay available.

  • Renault ZOE (passenger and commercial versions) – 4,499 (down 3%) and 21,104 YTD (up 79%)
  • Renault City K-ZE – 35 and 242 YTD (new)
  • Renault Kangoo Z.E. – 585 (down 20%) and 2015 YTD (down 2%)
  • Renault Master Z.E. – 10 (down 58%) and 29 YTD (down 70%)

from left: Renault Twizy, Renault ZOE, Renault Kangoo Z.E. and Renault Master Z.E.