French automaker Renault delivered its 100,000th battery electric car this past weekend, a Zoe delivered to a customer in Oslo, Norway.
The new Zoe owner, 41-year old Åsmund Gillebo, received free charging for five years along with the keys.
It’s not surprising that the milestone number was reached with a sale in Norway.
Thanks to generous government incentives and a well-developed charging infrastructure, EVs make up a larger percentage of new-car sales in Norway than any other country in the world.
Renault’s numbers, when combined with its partner Nissan, total 350,000 EVs for the Renault-Nissan Alliance since the Nissan Leaf was introduced in 2010.
Renault entered the electric vehicle market in 2011 and has steadily increased its market share. Today, one of four electric vehicles on European roads are Renault.
In addition to the Zoe, the company currently sells the Kangoo ZE electric van and the Twizy electric compact urban two-seater.
The Zoe has challenged the Leaf for the top spot in Europe, and is now the best selling electric vehicle with more than a 23 percent market share.
The Kangoo ZE is the leading electric utility vehicle in Europe for the third year running, while the Twizy has tallied sales of 17,000 units.
Renault’s main markets for electric cars are France, Norway, the UK, and Germany.