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Renault presents the keys of the first ZOE to Arnaud Montebourg

December 17, 2012
  • Renault has presented the keys of the first ZOE to Arnaud Montebourg, French Minister of Industrial Recovery.

  • The first delivery of ZOE, the first broadly affordable full-electric car, comes ahead of further deliveries set for between now and the end of 2012 and mass launch in the Renault network in first-quarter 2013.

  • The delivery is fully in line with the French government’s policy, as set out in the “Plan Automobile”, of building a sector of clean and competitive vehicles. It also underscores the importance of introducing an extensive network of charging stations.


After ordering a vehicle at the Paris Motor Show in September 2012, Arnaud Montebourg, Minister of Industrial Recovery, was presented today with the keys to the first ZOE in the Cour d’Honneur of the Bercy Finance Ministry by Carlos Tavares, Chief Operating Officer of the Renault group.

ZOE, the spearhead of Renault’s Z.E. range, is the Group’s first full-electric car. The widely affordable vehicle qualifies for a €7,000 government environmental bonus, bringing the starting price in France down to €13,700 (including VAT).  

ZOE targets consumers and professionals alike. It is ideal for daily journeys and embodies Renault’s excellence in electric technology. The mobility-enhancing model features the most advanced technology in terms of range, user friendliness (with the installation of a charging station at motorists’ homes or workplaces) and connectivity. It is a key symbol of the Group’s commitment to the electric revolution.

The Minister of Industrial Recovery is the first customer to take delivery of ZOE before mass launch in the Renault network in spring 2013.  

Commenting, Carlos Tavares, Chief Operating Officer of the Renault group, said: “The first ZOE delivery is a vital step in Renault’s electric vehicle offensive, aimed at making zero-emission mobility affordable for the greatest number. The commitment of the government and Mr Montebourg, as confirmed today, is a decisive advantage for making France a robust cornerstone of electric vehicle development and serves to reinforce Renault’s position as a French champion on the international stage.”  

The launch will be accompanied by the widespread development of public and private charging stations with the support of the taskforce headed by Philippe Hirtzman and tasked with stimulating and backing infrastructure projects in large urban agglomerations. 

The initiative is ideally embodied in the installation by the Ministry of Industrial Recovery of charging stations at the Bercy Finance Ministry. The move is part of the “Plan Automobile” announced by the French government on July 25, 2012 and providing for the installation of charging stations at government ministries and the inclusion of electric vehicles in public fleets.


Key figures:

  • At end-October 2012, Renault had put 16,600 electric vehicles on the road in Europe.
  • At end-September 2012, Renault led the European electric PC + LCV market (excluding Twizy) with a 28.2% share.
  • Renault led the French EV market with sales of 4,566 units (including 1,999 Twizys) at end-October 2012.
  • Some 10,000 charging stations had been installed in Europe at end-2011. This figure has now risen to roughly 15,000 (up 50% on end-2011).
  • In France, the 2,000 to 3,000 Autolib stations are accessible to other EVs besides the Bluecars. Considerable efforts have been made in the Seine Aval area, in the Alsace, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and Nord-Pas-de-Calais regions, and in cities such as Rennes, Rouen and Angoulême.
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