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Renault-Nissan smash 100,000 EV sales landmark

By Kyle Linsay
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 12:00

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Celebrations are in order at the Renault-Nissan Alliance after the partnership sold their 100,000th zero-emission car.

Electric cars from both manufacturers have driven around 841million kilometres – enough to circle the earth more than 20,000 times.

This has saved 53million litres of oil, and ensured 124million kilograms of CO2 are not emitted.

Moreover, the 100,000 figure is more than all other major automakers combined.

Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, said: “The age of the mainstream zero-emission vehicle is here.

“We expect demand to keep growing as the charging infrastructure develops – and we remain 100% committed to zero-emission technology for the long term.”

The very first EV from the Alliance was a Nissan LEAF owned by engineer Olivier Chalouhi in California’s Silicon Valley.

He bought the LEAF when it debuted in December 2010.

The 100,000th customer was American graduate student Allison Howard, who became an owner of Nissan LEAF earlier this month.

Ms Howard said: “It just drives perfectly; it’s so cool, I love it!

“The fact that it’s all electric and I don’t have to spend money on gas as a college student, that’s great.”

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