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Light-duty plug-in vehicles may become cost competitive enough to surpass conventional vehicles in sales, without needing incentives. A new study by Navigant Research predicts that by 2025, more than 68 million light-duty electrified vehicles will be in use globally, made up of hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and battery electric vehicles. Of that total, more than 37 […]

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A French company is expanding its global reach by bringing electric carsharing to Los Angeles. Bolloré Group received backing Monday from the Los Angeles City Council to bring its BlueCalifornia subsidiary to LA. It’s the second U.S. city to bring the electric carsharing service to the metro area, following Indianapolis and its BlueIndy program. The […]

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Renault’s commercial vehicle division will be displaying the new longer-range Kangoo Z.E. all-electric electric van next month at the European Motor Show in Brussels. Renault Pro+ will present the new Kangoo on Jan. 13 with its new motor/battery package that will increase the model’s driving range by more than 50 percent. Renault says that its […]

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Donfeng Renault Automobile Co. will be testing autonomous Zoe electric cars in the city of Wuhan, China, as early as next month. The joint venture forged by Dongfeng and Renault in 2014 will be testing the self-driving cars on a 1.5-mile stretch of road in the city’s Caidian district for testing purposes, according to Automotive […]

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September auto sales numbers are in, and like the U.S., Germany’s battery electrics and plug-in hybrids saw a huge gain. The KBA, Germany’s motor transit authority, recorded 1,641 new all-electric cars on the roads in September, up 77 percent from September 2015, along with 1,420 plug-in hybrids, up 37 percent from September 2015. Between them […]

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The Renault-Nissan Alliance will be providing 50 all-electric vehicles to transport delegates at the upcoming COP22 Climate Conference. More than 25,000 participants from 195 countries are expected to attend the climate change conference, being held Nov. 7-18, 2016, in Marrakech, Morocco. They’ll have access to a Renault Zoe, Nissan Leaf, and the seven-seat Nissan e-NV200 […]

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While Americans and Europeans are anticipating the 238-mile range 2017 Chevy Bolt EV and Opel Ampera-e respectively, Renault is now taking orders in Europe for its approximately 200-mile range Zoe. The upgraded battery in the otherwise mildly refreshed Zoe comes seemingly out of left field, at least to an American audience. Media reports in the […]

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Europe’s best-selling battery electric car, the Renault Zoe, will arrive at the Paris Motor Show Oct. 1 with an increased driving range of 200-plus miles (320 km). The report comes from French business publication BMFBusiness but doesn’t say what the new battery capacity would be. It’s also not clear if the driving range is based […]

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Running low on fuel at gas pumps has spurred French consumers to choose electric vehicles as an alternative. Strikes by oil industry workers has brought production to a standstill in France. Shortages of “petrol,” or gasoline and diesel, have led to long lines at gas pumps It’s presented an opportunity for automakers to sell more […]

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Since 2009 only half a dozen plug-in electrified vehicles (PEVs) have sold more than 25,000, and last month three more were added to the list. The sales volumes of the BYD Qin plug-in hybrid, all-electric Renault Zoe, and all-electric BMW i3 and i3 REx are the result of regional markets for two of them, with […]

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