The rapid progress Renault is making in electric cars and autonomous driving software may seem irrelevant since they don’t sell cars in the US, but that would be forgetting the fact that Renault and Nissan are the same company.
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Range remains the biggest hurdle for electric cars to overcome, and low-cost, compact electric cars have the most ground to make up. While many remain skeptical that electric cars will ever have enough range to replace conventional cars, Renault thinks that by 2020, most compact EVs will boast a range of 200 miles or more […]
The European auto industry kind of really sucks right now, and EV sales are far below analyst expectations. Still, there is a lot of enthusiasm for EVs in Europe, and when Renault asked its Facebook fans if they’d like a cabriolet version of the Zoe Z.E. electric car, those potential customers responded with an overwhelming “Oui oui!”
If there is any country sensitive to dependence on unfriendly oil-producing nations, it is Israel. For the Jewish nation, alternatives to oil are vital to its long-term survival hopes. So there is a lot of buzz around the incorporation of a car sharing system in Tel Aviv that could see car companies like Renault pitching a vision of an oil-free Israel.
What better way to start the week than with an EV crash test?
Last November saw the Chevrolet Volt came under attack from political conservatives who jumped on an NHTSA investigation into the Volt’s battery packs. Despite GM developing a “fix” for the battery fire, and the NHTSA giving the Volt the all-clear, the damage was done. So it is no surprise to me that after seeing what happened to the Volt that French automaker Renault has gone above and beyond normal crash testing, sending almost 100 of its Zoe electric cars into the wall…in the name of SCIENCE! Erm, I mean safety.
In case you haven’t noticed, I have been focusing my posts on more sporty, fun, and sexy green car posts than in the past. Yet not every record requires a high-performance car, and with electric cars still in their infancy, there are lots and lots of records up for grabs. The latest record-setter is the Renault Zoe, an all-electric car that has just set the 24 hour distance record for battery-powered automobiles, going over 1,000 miles in a single day powered by nothing but batteries.