Three electric vehicles have joined Europe’s biggest loser’s list

July 21, 2015, 8:19 AM UTC

It’s sad fact of buying a mass market car. Once you’ve driven it off the lot, depreciation begins—some faster than others.

In Europe, three electric vehicles have joined a less-than-desirable list: the worst first-year depreciators. The Renault Fluence Z. E., Citroen C-Zero, and Nissan Leaf E have all lost more than three-quarters of their value after covering 12,000 miles and a year of ownership, according to automotive intelligence firm Glass’s Information Services.

As Glass’s notes, these three EVs are among the least attractive on the market. The Nissan Leaf E, for instance, is the lowest model available in the Leaf fleet. The Fluence, which was launched as part of a joint effort with defunct battery swap startup Better Place, was discontinued last year.

The presence of electric vehicles in the list does indicate that the sector remains sluggish, the company says.

“The motor trade and the used-rcar-buying public remain interested in electric cars but are still reticent to actually buy them in numbers—and these depreciation figures reflect that fact,” the company says in a statement.


There is evidence that the public is starting to buy more electric vehicles in European markets.

Total alternative fuel vehicles registrations in the EU totaled 144,421 in the the first quarter, a 28.8% increase from the same quarter last year, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association. Of these, electric vehicles saw registrations more than double to 24,630 units in the first quarter 2015 compared to the same year earlier period.

While a Renault and Nissan EV made the list, the companies have had success with other EV models. Last month, the Renault-Nissan Alliance sold its 250,000 electric vehicle, four and half years after the Nissan Leaf was introduced. The Leaf remains the best-selling EV ever, with more than 180,000 units sold, according to Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn.

The top 10 depreciating cars are (percentage retained value after 12 months/12,000 miles):

  1. Renault Fluence Z.E Expression+ saloon four door—holds 27.21% of value after a year or 12,000 miles)
  2. Vauxhall Meriva 1.4 16v Expression MPV five door, 2010 model year—holds 29.05% value
  3. Chevrolet Cruze 1.4 4X4 LS station wagon five door 1398cc, 2014 model year—holds 31.78% value
  4. Citroen C-Zero E hatchback five door—holds 32.07% value
  5. Nissan Leaf E hatchback five door—holds 33.23% value
  6. Renault Megane 1.6 Extreme estate five door—holds 33.26% value
  7. Vauxhall Insignia 1.4i 16v turbo SRi saloon four door, 2012.5 model—holds 34.98% value
  8. Peugeot 207 SW 1.4 8v Access estate five door—holds 35.62% value
  9. Chevrolet Orlando 1.4 Turbo LS five door, model year 2014—holds 35.96% value
  10. Peugeot 308 1.6VTi Access hatchback five door, model year 2013.5—holds 36.04% value