Renault EV

  • Renault ZOE electric car live photos

    At last week’s 2012 Geneva Motor Show, Renault unveiled the production version of its 2013 Zoe Electric hatchback. The fourth all-electric car from the French automaker, the subcompact Zoe is quickly causing a stir in Europe thanks to its impressive specifications and low price. Renault has been absent from the U.S. market for many years, so it’s unlikely we’ll ever see it go on sale in the U.S., but would the Zoe the natural compliment to the Nissan Leaf? Cost Starting at around $28,850 before incentives in Europe, the Renault Zoe is certainly one of the cheaper electric...

  • Mercedes-Benz Citan, small electric van in Europe
    All-Electric Mercedes Isn't What You Think: It's A Small Van

    German luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz is no stranger to electric vehicles. We've driven two of them here at GreenCarReports, in the form of the Europe-only Mercedes-Benz A-Class E-Cell, and the ForTwo Electric Drive, under Mercedes' sub-brand Smart. A third vehicle will join that stable, according...

  • Carlos Ghosn
    How Much Has Nissan Spent on Electric Cars? $5.6 Billion...And Counting

    Bringing a new car to market costs a lot of money -- around $1-2 billion per platform on a new volume vehicle. As any auto industry insider will tell you, it isn’t just money either -- it’s about years of planning, development and testing before a car is ready to make the transition...

  • 2011 Volkswagen Nils single-seat electric car concept
    2011 Frankfurt Auto Show: Full Electric Car Preview

    We thought the 2011 Geneva Motor Show was one of the best ever for electric cars and green vehicles, but the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, starting in less than a week, is shaping up to be even better. We'll be covering the show in-depth next week, but in the meantime we've rounded up all the electric...

  • Renault Frendzy Electric Concept
    BREAKING: Renault Teases Frendzy Concept Before 2011 Frankfurt Show

    Renault has just unveiled its latest electric car creation ahead of the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Called the Frendzy, and looking a little like the Kia Soul, the concept is a just under 14 feet in length and features a whole host of technology worthy of any concept car, including the ability to...

  • Nissan Leaf 'polar bear' ad
    Advertising Electric Cars: What To Make Of Leaf vs. Volt Spat?

    For the first time in 80 years or so, major automakers are building and selling plug-in electric cars in the U.S. How are they letting people know about their new cars? Advertising, of course. Our colleague Richard Read looked at four electric-car TV ads, analyzing what made them work and what...

  • Nissan Leaf 'polar bear' ad

    We don't envy the makers of electric cars. They have to deliver vehicles that look as great as their gas-powered counterparts, and they have to explain those vehicles, too -- how they work, battery range, and so on. They've got a long, tough battle to win over consumers. But while we wouldn't necessarily want to be an EV manufacturer, we love watching them at work. Now, in the early days of mass vehicle electrification, we've got a unique opportunity to see manufacturers figure out what gets customers' attention -- and what doesn't. Here's a quick look at four early arrivals and how they're...

  • Renault Kangoo Express Z.E. electric van
    First Electric Renault Kangoo Van Z.E. Sold In U.K.

    Expected to be the first of many, French carmaker Renault has become the latest company to take an order for one of their upcoming electric vehicles, the Kangoo Van Z.E. The only commercial vehicle in Renault's upcoming range of electric vehicles that includes the Fluence sedan, the Zoe subcompact...

  • Carlos Ghosn
    TRICKED: Renault Paranoia Over Electric-Car Secrets Backfires, Shames Execs

    Con men are well known for their ability to sell their victims fake goods, extract money or even con them out of their homes. But con men traditionally prey on individuals, concentrating on the vulnerable, naive or greedy. So just how did con men convince an automotive giant to hand over nearly...

  • Renault Twizy Z.E. electric vehicle
    2012 Renault Twizy: A Closer Look, And Do We Need It?

    Is it a car? Is it a scooter? No: It's a Twizy, which could be considered a combination of the two. If you're following the world of electric cars with a keen eye then you'll no doubt be aware that French manufacturer Renault is taking electric vehicles quite seriously, just like its Japanese...

  • 2012 Renault Fluence Z.E.
    2012 Renault Fluence ZE: 2011 Geneva Motor Show, Quick Drive

    The Geneva motor show has always been known for its green vehicles, but electric cars played a greater part than ever this year. French marque Renault was one of the main players with its range of four production electric vehicles. As part of the "Papillon Vert" (Green Butterfly) exhibition...

  • Renault Fluence ZE production electric sedan
    Electric Car Espionage: Now With Secret Swiss Bank Account

    Every good spy film has a smattering of illicit love, sexy cars and covert operations. Suspending disbelief, such films make for good entertainment. But for one former Renault employee the real world has taken a turn towards the covert world of James Bond or 24 with accusations that he had an...

  • Renault Fluence EV

    2011 has been touted as the year when electric cars will well and truly break into the public consciousness. Unfortunately for Renault, the story making all the headlines so far hasn't been the launch of one of its upcoming Z.E. models, but the news of industrial espionage and selling technical secrets to a Chinese company. Now, prosecutors have launched an inquiry into the case, which as so far resulted in the dismissal of three top Renault employees. The story so far Two weeks ago, three Renault executives were suspended without pay after un-named sources claimed they had been passing...

  • Renault Fluence EV
    Fighting The Electric Car Pirates: Renault Gets Tough

    Take one look at the news coming out of Detroit this week and you’ll know that the electric car revolution seems well and truly under way. Nearly every major automaker is now extolling the virtues of electric car technology when a few years earlier, they were dismissing them as impractical...

  • Renault Fluence ZE production electric sedan
    Spy Games: Renault Electric Vehicle Work Riddled With Moles?

    Monday morning opened on an anxious note for French automaker Renault. The company said it suspended without pay three executives, who have not yet been named. It fears that details and intellectual property connected to its comprehensive electric-vehicle program were leaked to unnamed parties...

  • Renault Twizy Concept
    Europe's First iAd With 2012 Renault Twizy Electric Car

    If there's one gadget that seems to go hand in hand with electric cars, it's Apple's iPhone. We've seen apps that allow you to place reservations and even customise your order, apps that allow you to keep track of charging and even switch on your aircon or heater remotely, and earlier in the year...

  • Renault Fluence EZ concept, 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show
    EV Vs Gas Vs Diesel: Breaking Down The Costs

    Thanks to the limited availability of electric cars on the market thus far and lack of parity between EV models and their gasoline or diesel counterparts, comparing the relative costs of the three isn't the easiest of tasks. The human race wouldn't have got very far if we'd only ever done what was...

  • 2010 Jaguar C-X75 Concept, released at 2010 Paris Motor Show
    UPDATE: 2010 Paris Motor Show: Guide To Electric Vehicles

    The 2010 Paris Motor Show is upon us and amongst the supercars and superminis lie a veritable feast of electric vehicles. Whilst we've known about many of the cars due to be shown for a little while now, for many it will be the first opportunity to see the newest EV concepts and production cars up...

  • Renault Kangoo Express Z.E. electric van

    Renault may not have much of an impact to U.S. motorists, but thanks to their partnership with Nissan, they have a large part to play in the future of electric vehicles. The French company has been a market leader in the European light commercial vehicle (LCV) market since 1998, so it's only natural that one of their new Z.E. range of EVs would be a small, all-electric panel van. The Kangoo Express Z.E. should hit the European market in mid 2011. Renault and Nissan The French and Japanese manufacturers have worked together on several projects since the start of their partnership in 1999. Much...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf
    Nissan Says: We'll Make Money On Selling Leaf Electric Cars

    It's almost an article of faith in the auto industry that electric cars will require huge subsidies in their initial years. Certainly Toyota is widely assumed to have put tens of billions of dollars into its hybrid-electric vehicle program before it started to cover its costs. Never shy of taking a...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf prototype
    Including 2011 LEAF, Nissan Has Fourth EV In The Works

    In a briefing sheet for the LEAF, the automaker cites, in addition to the upcoming LEAF, e-LCV van, and Infiniti model, a

  • Nissan LEAF
    Will 20,000 U.S. Buyers Order 2012 Nissan Leafs Within A Year?

    The 2012 Nissan Leaf hatchback, the first all-electric car from a major manufacturer to be offered in the U.S. since GM's late lamented EV1 two-seater a decade ago, won't go on sale nationally for more than two years. Nonetheless, Nissan is hoping to accumulate 20,000 U.S. advance orders for the...

  • Renault Fluence EZ concept, 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show
    Driving Electric To Cost No More Than Using Gas, Says Better Place

    Driving a mile on electricity always costs less than using gasoline for the same mile. Now Better Place, the consortium wiring Israel with electric-car recharging stations and battery quick-swap facilities, has upped the ante: They claim their electric cars will cost $4,500 to $7,500 less than...

  • Renault EV Concepts
    Frankfurt: Ah, the French! Renault's 4 Electric Car Concepts

    French carmaker Renault, whose partner Nissan recently unveiled its 2012 Nissan Leaf compact electric hatchback, showed no fewer than four separate electric-car concepts at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show. All labeled ZE for "zero emissions", they are: Twizy ZE: A tandem two-seater with performance...

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