Still, Renault-Nissan's numbers are a pretty big miss. Renault-Nissan's cumulative EV sales by 2016 are likely to be closer to 500,000 than 1.5 million, with the latter number likely not to be reached until after 2020. Currently, Renault-Nissan's running total is about 120,000 EVs worldwide. In July, the Alliance said it had surpassed the 100,000-unit threshold for its electric vehicles, with about 70 percent of those vehicles being sold by Nissan. There are more coming, though. Earlier this month, Renault-Nissan and Mitsubishi announced a collaboration to co-develop an electric vehicle based on the tiny "kei car" compact platform.
The marquee 1.5 million figure was reiterated as recently as late last month, when Nissan announced its Nissan Green Program 2016. Meanwhile, in 2009, Ghosn made headlines by predicting that EVs would account for 10 percent of the new-car market by 2020.