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EV Sales Surge in Europe


European EV sales spiked up 91 percent from 2013 to 2014, according to the latest data from JATO Dynamics. No single model dominates the statistics, though the leaders of the segment included Tesla Model S, BMW i3, and the venerable Nissan Leaf. Previously, the Renault Zoe had topped the EV leader board, but as the [...]

Renault Eolab: ’234 MPG’ Hybrid to Debut


On the heels of Volkswagen’s super-high mpg XL1, Renault of France will be taking the veil off its own mileage champion at the Paris Motor Show in early October. The Eolab travels 100 kilometers on a single liter of fuel. That translates to a real-world figure of 234 mpg, all of which is accomplished via [...]

141 MPG Renault Ready for Paris Show


Europe’s third-largest carmaker, Renault, will unveil an ultra-efficient car at the upcoming Paris Motor Show in October. The concept boasts fuel economy of 141 mpg, but officials declined to provide other details, apparently hoping to build anticipation ahead of the model’s official debut in Paris on Oct. 4. Renault’s design chief is Laurens van den [...]

What Nation is Most ‘EV Friendly’?


South Korea is now the official world leader in electric vehicle subsidies, with its government announcing a national incentive amounting to $13,900 on the purchase of electric cars. Much like the U.S. market, regional jurisdictions in South Korea add their own monetary enticements to the mix, with some provinces chipping in between $3,000 and $7,400 [...]

2014 Will Usher in “Noise Laws” for EVs


This year will see a spate of legislative efforts to add artificial noise to electric cars in most major world markets. The European Union, for one, has proposed laws that would require electric vehicles to emit sounds when in populated or congested areas. So far, no sweeping legislation has gone on the books in Europe [...]

2013 Car Sales Surprise Analysts


Experts, backed by the latest sales data, are predicting that the U.S. auto market will finish 2013 in strong fashion, notching yet another calendar year of powerful sales across the board. Some Wall Street analysts, however, think that auto companies may be relying too heavily on incentives, which could put a strain on the bottom [...]

Formula E Racer Finishes Track Test


Over a two-day period this month, professional driver Lucas di Grassi tested the Spark-Renault SRT_01E at a French track outside of Paris. Di Grassi noted how fun the car was to drive, even at reduced power. When it finally competes at full power, the SRT_01E will carry a 200-kW battery that produces 270 horsepower. For [...]

Renault Kangoo Electric Van: 10,000 Strong


Renault executives used the Frankfurt Motor Show venue this week to announce registration of the 10,000th Kangoo Z.E. electric van. The popular EV has accumulated more than 6,000 commercial customers and currently makes up nearly 10 percent of all Kangoo sales. Mid-2013 saw the first aesthetic makeover for the Z.E., notably to its front fascia. [...]

‘Secret’ Renault Concept Car for Frankfurt Show


French automaker Renault has revealed that it will show a new concept vehicle at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show, but no other details have been forthcoming from corporate spokespersons. Whether the concept is a hybrid, combustion, electric, or fuel-cell is anyone’s guess, but the carmaker known for its trendy, cutting-edge electric vehicles will have plenty [...]

Renault-Nissan Achieves EV Sales Milestone


Renault-Nissan officials have announced that the automaker expects to have sold 100,000 electric cars by the midpoint of 2013. Carlos Ghosn, CEO of both Nissan and Renault, has committed a larger percentage of his firm’s funds for electric transportation than any other company has. The Renault Zoe is selling briskly in Europe, having been launched [...]

Nissan to Challenge Renault’s Twizy EV


Nissan officials have announced that the automaker intends to create a rival to the Twizy, an all-electric city car that is produced by Nissan’s partner, Renault. Looking to build an enclosed version of the Twizy, Nissan’s prospective urban vehicle is expected to be shielded from bad weather and road danger. There is no word on [...]

Used Car Prices Now Buyer-Friendly


Recent data shows late-model used vehicle prices decreased sharply in the month of June. So far, no other month in 2013 has witnessed as large a price drop. Overall, the typical late-model (2010-2012) used car sustained a price decline of 1.4 percent. That means the average late-model used car price now stands at $22,188 Used [...]

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