Renault Zoe Z.E. concept – Click above for high-res image gallery
We already know that Nissan is really bullish when its comes to discussing the future of electric cars; it turns out partner Renault has similar sentiments. As the French paper La Tribune reports, sources within Renault state that the company is shooting for the optimistic goal of producing 200,000 electric vehicles (EVs) per year by 2016. Though some estimates suggest that EVs will make up no more than five percent of a company's overall production by 2016, La Tribune reports that Renault plans to easily eclipse that threshold.
The report goes into further detail about specific production numbers for Renault. The Renault Zoe will account for at least 150,000 of the company's 200,000 annual EVs. Renault's other electric vehicles – Fluence, Kangoo and Twizy – will presumably account for the rest of the sales volume. Critics would suggest that both Renault and Nissan are overly optimistic about EVs, but we think that the bullish approach will likely push both companies up to the front of the pack, leaving others scrambling to catch up.