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What Nation is Most ‘EV Friendly’?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 [...]

Renault Zoe EV Sales Booming

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Sales of electric cars in France doubled during the past year, with Renault’s best-selling Zoe leading the way. The new EV accounted for nearly 80 percent of all electric vehicles sold in France in the first four months of 2013. French auto dealers have witnessed a boom in EV sales even in a year that [...]

Barcelona Motor Show Set for May 9

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In the same week as the Extreme X Games and the Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix, the Barcelona Motor Show will open its doors to the public. Set to run from May 9 to May 19, the event will feature at least a pair of electric cars, namely the Volkswagen e-Up! and the Renault Twizy [...]

Renault’s Mysterious Concept F1 EV

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An official Renault announcement early this week said the French automaker was working on a Formula One-inspired electric concept vehicle. In addition to the press release, Renault provided a not-so-clear photographic image that may or may not depict the prospective concept. The release did, however, state that the, “… prototype vehicle, which features muscular styling [...]

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