Renault has phased out its odd business concept with battery rental for electric cars in Sweden as well. Anyone who wants to buy a Zoe now has to pay for the whole car.
Sweden’s fourth most popular electric car According to Bil Sweden’s statistics, 2020 was Renault Zoe. The compact model attracts not least with its price tag – which is smaller than the more popular models Volkswagen ID.3, Tesla Model 3 and Kia e-Niro.
Since its debut in 2013, Renault has had an odd business concept for Zoe: buy the car itself, rent the battery pack. The arrangement pushed down the purchase price and since the battery rent was due to mileage, it could be a good alternative for some.
Then it was too a way to assure customers about battery life. The rent included a change to a new battery pack if the capacity would go below 75 percent within 10 years.
Only in 2017 did it become possible to buy a complete Zoe from Renault instead. Today, Zoes purchased complete are clearly more interesting as second-hand purchases.
Now it has finally become the only option, reports Tesla Club Sweden. Renault Sweden has quietly removed the option to choose battery rental from the site. In the car’s price list, however, it is still written that it is possible – but then only on stock cars.
Renault started remove the option in several European countries – including Spain, the United Kingdom and Germany – already at the end of 2020. Now the change has also been made in Sweden – and the home country.
Also Kangoo ZE, Renault’s electric transport car, seems to have been affected by the change and can now only be bought complete.
I think battery rental is a smart business model for selling electric cars
Source: Senaste nytt från auto motor & sport by www.mestmotor.se.
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