Renault Zoe Campagne Zero co2

Heading for zero CO2, electricity generation included

The environmental benefits of electric transport will continue to rise as electricity generation becomes less carbon-dependent.

Drivers of Renault electric vehicles can be sure that their cars’ carbon footprints will shrink with the increasing development of renewable, i.e. low-carbon, energy sources for generating the electricity that charges their cars. Worldwide, 56% of new power plants use renewable energy sources. In Europe, the figure is 72%.

A second life
for electric car batteries

Renault is researching and developing stationary applications for batteries from its electric vehicles that no longer meet vehicle power requirements.

In 2015, Renault and its partners Nissan and Bouygues Energies & Services launched the ELSA (Energy Local Storage Advanced system) project, co-funded by the European Commission. The aim is to develop, then bring to market, systems for storing electricity in vehicle batteries at the second-life stage. By the end of 2016, systems will be set up at four locations (in France, Germany, Italy and Spain), providing power for office buildings and industrial sites.

Usine Renault Zoe

Formula E,
the city-centre
motor sport

Renault encourages the emergence of the Formula E championship, an environmentally respectful motor sport. It is a very prominent participant in this new motor sport discipline: the Renault e-dams team won the world Formula E championship title for the second year running in 2016. The two main particularities of Formula E races is that they are run with electric-powered racers in city-centre locations.

Renault electric
vehicles worldwide

Renault Zoe City

Twizy is available in car-sharing schemes as far afield as Malaysia, Italy and France. And countries with ZOE on car-share include Italy, the UK, Germany, Holland, France and Malaysia.

The electric vehicle: good sense for the environment

“Electric vehicles form the only practical and affordable solution in existence today to our planet’s transport-related environmental challenges.”


President and CEO of Groupe Renault

“Electric vehicles form the only practical and affordable solution in existence today to our planet’s transport-related environmental challenges.”


President and CEO of Groupe Renault

A pioneering strategy:
Wide-scale rollout of
all-electric vehicles

Renault has a long record of commitment to sustainable transport for all. For more than twenty years the company has been consistently endeavouring to reduce the environmental impact of its vehicles and business activities.

Find out about Renault’s
environmental strategy

Renault was

the first European automaker to believe in the all-electric vehicle.

The all-electric vehicle is the flagship of Renault’s environmental commitment.

In 2009, Carlos Ghosn announced a strategy, ambitious and completely unique in the automotive industry, that would involve putting a full range of affordable all-electric vehicles on the market by 2012. Renault was true to its word.

Groupe Renault today offers electric vehicles addressing a broad spectrum of the population: ZOE, Kangoo Z.E., Twizy and RSM SM3 Z.E.

Renault ranks number-one for electric vehicle sales in Europe. In 2016, more than one electric vehicle in four is a Renault. And the market is on the rise. ZOE is Europe’s biggest selling electric vehicle, and Kangoo Z.E. leads the European market for electric light commercial vehicles.

Zero-pollution motoring, for more breathable air

Because they emit no exhaust pollutants (particulates, nitrogen oxides, etc.) when driven(1), electric vehicles have a key role to play in improving air quality, with the attendant benefits to public health, especially in urban areas.

Studies have shown that a 20% proportion of electric vehicles in city centres would bring a reduction of up to 30% in the concentration of particulates and of up to 45% in the concentration of nitrogen dioxide(2). These reductions become especially important under peak pedestrian exposure conditions, when pollutant levels rise as a result of meteorological conditions unfavourable to pollutant dispersion.

(1) Zero atmospheric emissions of CO2 or pollutants while driving (to NEDC certification cycle, excluding wear of parts)
(2) Figures obtained by modelling of local conditions in Rome and Hong Kong, by the Renault-Nissan Alliance, Aria Technologies and Arianet

Zero-CO2 driving,
an effective countermeasure
against climate change

Electric power is the real breakthrough solution for countering climate change, because electric cars emit no CO2 (carbon dioxide) while driving(1).
Because an electric motor does not burn any fossil fuel, Renault is fully committed to the electric vehicle as the innovative solution capable of meeting today’s environmental challenges.
Even when we factor in CO2 emissions produced by generating the electricity needed to charge an electric vehicle, the carbon balance is much better than for an equivalent internal-combustion model in most of the countries where electric vehicles are sold.
In Europe, the overall carbon figure averages around 72 grams of CO2 per km for ZOE, compared to at least 100 grams for an equivalent internal-combustion model.
The overall carbon footprint of an electric vehicle varies from one country to another, with the degree of carbon dependency of local power plants. In France, for example, where power-plant carbon dependency is relatively low, the carbon footprint of the Renault ZOE is about 14 grams of CO2 per km.

Heading for zero CO2,
electricity generation included

(1) Zero atmospheric emissions of CO2 or pollutants while driving (to NEDC certification cycle, excluding wear of parts)

Stepping up
the energy transition

Electric vehicles contribute to the energy transition in the automotive industry by reducing the use of fossil energies (traditional fuels) for transport needs. According to the International Energy Agency, with seven million electric vehicles on the road worldwide, we would save 400,000 barrels of crude oil per day from now through to 2020. And Renault electric vehicle can also contribute to the energy transition in any other business sector than consumes electricity.

Renault is a partner on various projects to develop technical solutions in the production of “green” (i.e. low-carbon) electricity, the aim being to reduce depletion of the planet’s natural resources. These solutions primarily seek to compensate for the inherently intermittent nature of renewable energy sources (solar, wind, etc.), this being the main impediment to development of green electricity production today.

A second life for
electric car batteries

Renault electric vehicles
in car-share schemes worldwide

As well as enjoying an environmentally sound transport practice, Renault electric vehicle drivers also appreciate the unique driving sensations and superior convenience of electric power.

Peace and quiet

Driving becomes much less stressful without engine noise and vibration.

crisp response

Acceleration is smooth, perfectly linear and sprightly from low revs.

charging station

When buying a Renault electric vehicle, the customer gets full advice on the main charging station for it (at the driver’s home or workplace, or a nearby street location).

Charging infrastructure
on the increase

The electric vehicle charging infrastructure has been growing at a rate of 30% to 60% per year since 2013. There are more than 100,000 stations worldwide and 80,000 in Europe. By 2017 France will have trebled its charging infrastructure, to 40,000 stations in all.

Development of
fast-charge stations

At a fast-charge station, it takes ZOE just 30 minutes to get a 80 to 120 km travel range boost. There are already around 2,300 fast-charge stations along major trunk roads in 15 European countries.

Reassuring battery
rental conditions

Renault’s battery rental contract guarantees the customer a fully functional battery (at least 75% original charge capacity) at all times, regardless of vehicle age and mileage. And Renault roadside assistance covers the vehicle even if it just runs out of charge.

vehicle privileges

Electric vehicles enjoy various privileges in many European cities: special lanes, congestion charge exemption, in-street charging stations, and special-rate (or free) street parking.

Competitive running
costs compared to
internal-combustion cars

Electric cars cost less to run: servicing, insurance, charging, etc.

Formula E,
the city-centre
motor sport

Electric vehicles for all

Renault fields a full range of electric vehicles, addressing a wide customer base with four models that cover a broad usage spectrum: the ZOE compact city car, the Kangoo Z.E. van, the Twizy urban quadricycle, and the RSM SM3 Z.E. upmarket sedan. Purchase prices are comparable to those of equivalent internal-combustion vehicles, especially in countries that practise tax incentives for electric vehicles, and running costs are competitive.


Five-star EuroNCAP rating,
and voted safest city car in 2013.

The ultimate city car,
designed for everyday
practicality and convenience

Renault’s all-electric city car boasts a sleek, futuristic design and homely interior styling, plus agile response with a chassis specifically designed for electric power.

New in 2016

With its record travel range of 400 km (NEDC), better than any other electric vehicle in this segment, ZOE with the “Z.E. 40” battery wipes away driver anxiety on vehicle recharge.

Find out how long it
takes to charge your ZOE

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range of electric vehicles


Renault’s fun and
friendly city runner concept

Nimble little Twizy is the ideal city runabout solution, with its tiny footprint and tight turning circle. It’s also eminently comfortable and safe, with its unique tubular body structure.

A Twizy for everyone

Twizy 45 and Twizy 80

Passenger seat
behind driver.


With boot instead
of rear seat.

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range of electric vehicles


Kangoo Z.E. has the same dimensions and loading capacity as the internal-combustion Kangoo from which it is derived. It’s an ideal solution for business users who spend a lot of time in their vehicles, since it offers excellent working conditions, with its automatic transmission, smooth, linear acceleration, and complete lack of engine noise and vibration

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range of electric vehicles

SM3 Z.E.

RSM SM3 Z.E. is for motorists looking for an elegant upmarket sedan. It is sold by Renault Samsung Motors in South Korea.

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range of electric vehicles

Meeting new mobility needs

Renault anticipates and responds to new mobility needs, seizing emerging opportunities for the use of its all-electric vehicles. Because of increasing urban road congestion, and for financial reasons, more and more people are giving up car ownership in favour of car-pooling. Renault actively encourages sharing of its electric vehicles.

Renault Mobility

In summer 2016 Groupe Renault launched a new car-sharing service, Renault Mobility, providing both private users and businesses with round-the-clock self-service access to both electric and internal-combustion cars (ZOE, Captur, Clio). The service is currently under trial in France, and Renault plans to develop this kind of solution in urban and rural areas through its network of partners, with a view to offering nationwide local access.

Renault electric
vehicles worldwide


The Renault and Bolloré groups run joint car-sharing services in Europe through the joint venture Bluealliance, founded in September 2014. In France, car-sharing networks in Lyon (Bluely) and Bordeaux (Bluecub) offer customers access to around 100 Twizys, opening up possibilities for further use of the Bluecar.

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