The electric vehicle has gone gold at Renault-Nissan, clocking 100,000 sales in a three-year period that began with the first Nissan Leaf being sold in Silicon Valley, California in 2010. Since then, the Leaf has become the EV champion of the world, selling more than 71,000 units so far, the majority of those in the US. The 100,000th EV sold by the Alliance was also a Leaf and also sold in the US, but on the other side of the country, in Georgia.

By comparison, Renault has sold 30,000 electric vehicles since late 2011, looking after other segments of the EV market with the Kangoo Z.E., Zoe, Twizy and Fluence Z.E. The alliance estimates that its efforts have been driven 5.2 million ion-powered miles and saved 14 million gallons of oil since they appeared. For a bit of sobering context, the US averaged 18.83 million barrels of oil per day in 2011, which is almost 791 million gallons. Per day.

So we're getting there, albeit slowly. Quietly. There's a press release and a video below with more details on the achievement.

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- American graduate student took delivery of the 100,000th electric vehicle
- Renault-Nissan EVs outsell all other major automakers combined
- Nissan LEAF remains world's best-selling EV
- With its latest EV ZOE, Renault expands its zero-emission lineup and reinforces its leadership in Europe

PARIS (July 23, 2013)-The Renault-Nissan Alliance has sold its 100,000th zero-emission car.

Electric cars from Renault and Nissan have driven approximately 841 million zero-emission kilometers - enough to circle the earth more than 20,000 times. Together, they represent 53 million liters of oil saved and 124 million kg of CO2 that have not been emitted.

"The age of the mainstream zero-emission vehicle is here," said Renault-Nissan Alliance Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn. "We expect demand to keep growing as the charging infrastructure develops – and we remain 100% committed to zero-emission technology for the long term."

Renault-Nissan has sold more zero-emission cars than all other major automakers combined.

The very first EV from the Alliance is 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 and drives the car to Kennesaw State University in Atlanta, Georgia.

"It just drives perfectly. It's so cool. I love it!" said Howard.

"The fact that it's all electric and I don't have to spend money on gas as a college student, that's great," she added.

For more information about Renault-Nissan's electric vehicle customers and its 100,000 milestone, watch this video.

Nissan LEAF best-selling EV ever
More than 71,000 people worldwide have bought Nissan LEAF, the world's best-selling electric vehicle. LEAF makes up more than half of all global sales of pure electric cars.

Nissan LEAF won the 2011 World Car of the Year, European Car of the Year 2011 and Car of the Year Japan 2011-2012 awards.

More than 80% of LEAF buyers globally exchange cars from other automakers, making the LEAF one of the industry's most innovative "conquest vehicles." The majority of customers say the LEAF, which consumes no petroleum whatsoever, has replaced their conventional car for daily use.

The top markets for Nissan LEAF are the United States with about 30,000 units, Japan with 28,000 units and Europe with 12,000 units.

In the United States, the LEAF is among the top 10 vehicles sold in San Francisco, Seattle and Honolulu.

In Norway, the LEAF is one of the top 10 vehicles sold. The car is Nissan's best-selling model in Norway, where more than 4,600 people have bought LEAFs since 2011. EVs in Norway are exempt from value added tax (VAT) and road tolls, and they have access to bus lanes and free parking.

Renault – Europe's leader with full range of electric vehicles
Renault has sold about 30,000 electric vehicles since its first model, Kangoo Z.E., went on sale in late 2011. Kangoo Z.E. was voted International Van of the Year 2012.

Renault leads the electric vehicle market in Europe with a 61% share, including Twizy. Renault's top markets in Europe are France, Germany and Italy.

In addition to the Kangoo Z.E., Renault also offers Fluence Z.E. sedan; the two-seat commuter vehicle Twizy; and the subcompact ZOE, launched earlier this year.

Twizy is Renault's best-selling model with about 11,000 units sold since it went on sale in early 2012.

Renault ZOE has a range of 210 km (NEDC). The car retails from 13,700 euros in France after the government's 7,000-euro incentive, excluding the battery. Renault began selling the ZOE in March throughout Europe and has sold about 5,000 units.

Committed to a zero-emission future
The Alliance is the industry leader in EVs and remains fully committed to a zero-emission future, with vehicles that can be recharged using purely renewable energy.

The plug-in cars store energy in a lithium-ion battery that meets or exceeds all environmental and safety standards wherever they are sold. The vehicles can be "topped off" at any charge point, or they can be fully recharged overnight from the convenience of the driver's home, garage or parking deck.

In order to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles around the world, the Renault-Nissan Alliance is working with government authorities, utility companies and others to rollout a network of charging stations that allow drivers to recharge their cars from zero to 80% capacity in less than 30 minutes.

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      A great way to say good bye to the oil corps. Every time they raise the price of oil, you get a little bit less and they get a little more. Barrowed a Leaf for two weeks. I leave all the cars at the light and am 2 block ahead of them by the time I reach 42 mph in a 35 mph zone. Rodding the Leaf I am only getting 60 miles to the charge. Who cares just a quick fast charge and away I go. Way cheaper than oil and way funner as well. It's the future boys, only a fool thinks otherwise.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Fast charging is still free except for the Blink network. I have avoided the Blink fast chargers. Blink charges 5 dollars for members and 8 dollars for non members.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lower the bar, jumps over, waits for applause...
        • 1 Year Ago
        Combined numbers for both brands... sounds like someone is trying to get movement on the stock share.
      • 1 Year Ago
      As Jonathon Ramsey points out, progress is slow, but it's happening. The re-introduction of EV technology was never going to be easy, or an instant revolution. But with the adoption of EV hybrid technology in most makes, and the growing popularity of EREV's, car buyers are growing increasingly aware of the advantages of EV technology. 100,000 sales by one maker alone, is a milestone for a technology that only a decade ago seemed unreachable !
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's a lot of gas money saved in someone's pocket. Plus, EV's benefit the American Economy, as they use AMERICAN Electricity and create more AMERICAN Jobs.
      Dave D
      • 1 Year Ago
      Congratulations R-N. I bet they hit the 200K mark in the next 18 months!
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        @Dave D
        They need to get production up in Smyrna. Local dealers here are having a hard time keeping them in stock. Hey Nissan, dedicate a solid month of building LEAF S models, we need those too!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Congrats Renault-Nissan. You have stuck with it, and the rewards are starting to show. We're at a tipping point here for EVs.
      Jay Temkar
      • 1 Year Ago
      Congrats Nissan....The main achievement of Nissan is that they indirectly forced many automakers to make electric vehicles and take the electric business seriously...
      • 1 Year Ago
      Its a good sign. Tesla sells oodles of its Model S, people are buying tons of Nissan Leaf's (Leaves? Hopefully we can start getting stylish "relevant" EVs.
        • 1 Year Ago
        The Tesla is definitely the Halo car for the EV biz. And they sell a lot of them. But sales of the rest of the EVs are picking up as well (Leafs, Volts, Fiat 500es, Spark EVs, etc.)
      • 1 Year Ago
      does the 7500 tax creidt end after 200k cars or sold worldwide or just in america?
        • 1 Year Ago
        Pretty sure just U.S. sales are counted for the end of the $7500 federal tax credit. They've still got plenty of time though.
        • 1 Year Ago
        When gas hits the five dollar a gallon mark, will the oil industry still get its yearly four billion dollar gift from the American tax payers?
      Uncle B
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      Oil has sustained U.S.$100.00+ /bbl for a while now, and will soon enough hold steady on U.S.$125.00+ /bbl as Asian demand intensifies, the Yuan a very strong currency, bids world oil ever higher, and "quantitative easing" guts the purchasing power package value of U.S. Dollars for Oil on world markets. Shortages of oil from the end of the 'Cheap Oil Era' of America half a century ago are more fully realized in lifestyle shifts even now popular in America, where landcruisers with huge V-8 engines once roamed, SUV's were popular and even the Hummer had a short reign. Lifestyle changes that require only 100 miles a day of personal car transportation are rapidly changing even the real estate value maps in this nation and we are ripe for Chinese, proven technology, electric bullet train transportation over the current, and very expensive, fossil fuel intensive jet flights. Even as China slides away from the conventional and towards a Thorium LFTR technology for their prime energy source, she claims an ever larger piece of the world oil supply. China's energy plans for the near and far future are well defined in this video: ‎Kun Chen from Chinese Academy of Sciences on China Thorium - a must study video for all North Americans. Keep in mind, China intends exploding the 'Population Bomb" to keep a constant supply of workers, maintain their old folks, and build a Pan Eurasian Empire. America's adaptation to all things electric, from all things fossil fuelled, is being force-fostered by China's ever increasing demand for all forms of energy and their obvious ability to simply bid ever higher for world energy. China's seemingly unstoppable ability to grow and expand, depends by their own exhortation in this video on acquiring ever more energy. America stuck on inertia of social norms and values is not shifting gears fast enough, even to keep up to the Pan Eurasian Alliances, or to head off the Pan Eurasian Empire forming before our very eyes? A handful of electric cars, hardly a dent in the new Global Village energy realities?
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      ecology is good, but this car looks like manure
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