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Today, many car and tech enthusiasts think “Tesla” when you mention electric vehicles, but EVs have been around for some time, and the Renault-Nissan Alliance was the first to bet big on electric. The Franco-Japanese partnership is the world leader in EVs, and recently reached the milestone of 350,000 units sold since December 2010, when the first Nissan Leaf went on sale.

The Alliance achieved breached the mark in August, while also setting an industry record of 100,000 EVs sold in a single year. Today, the two brands account for half of the EVs sold worldwide, and the Nissan Leaf remains the industry’s best-selling EV ever with more than 230k units sold globally. Renault is the best-performing EV brand in Europe.

“This historic milestone confirms our customers’ recognition of the benefits of Renault and Nissan electric vehicles. Our commitment to contribute toward a zero-emissions world by bringing to the market a full range of affordable EVs makes Renault-Nissan the indisputable leader in EV technology,” boasted Alliance chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn.

Both the Renault Zoe (left) and Twizy are officially available in Malaysia

The Renault-Nissan Alliance is the only global car group with a wide range of zero-emission vehicles for personal and business use. In addition to the Leaf, Nissan also sells the e-NV200, a light commercial vehicle sold mainly in Europe and Japan since 2014. Renault sells the Kangoo Z.E. van, the SM3 Z.E. sedan, Zoe hatchback and Twizy…thing. The latter two are available in Malaysia.

To date, Nissan has sold more than 250,000 EVs in 48 markets. The Leaf has covered more than 2.7 billion km, helping prevent an estimated 455,249,190 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere, the company claims. The US, Japan and Europe accounted for 90% of Leaf sales. Late last year, Nissan launched an updated Leaf with a 250 km range.

Renault’s EV journey started with the Kangoo Z.E. in October 2011. The French company recently reached the 100k EV milestone, marked with a ceremony in Norway, where a customer took delivery of a Zoe. The B-segment hatch is the best-selling EV in Europe, with sales increasing 32% during this first six months of this year, and one of four EVs on European roads is a Renault. Last year, Renault improved the Zoe’s range by 30 km with 10% faster charging times.

The Alliance’s next future bet? Autonomous cars.