September 29, 2016

YOUR NEXT CAR WILL BE A VOLT:

Renault Beats Tesla And GM To The Punch With 250 Mile Range EV 'Available Now' (Bertel Schmitt ,   9/29/16, Forbes)

There is one thing Tesla can be proud of: Automakers around the world are getting off their duffs. Today, French carmaker Renault announced at the Paris auto show that its fully electric "ZOE will be available for immediate sale with the Z.E. 40 battery enabling it to travel 400km NEDC." The car is just one in a wave of longer-range EVs, launched by major automakers to compete with Tesla's Model 3, which is not expected to appear in serious quantities before 2018.

ZOE's 400km range translate to roughly 250 miles according to the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). That cycle might be a bit optimistic.  However, Renault states that the number is "equivalent to a real-world range of 300km [186 miles] in urban or suburban areas on a single charge." With that, Renault's ZOE is the first of a number of electric vehicles that deliver a gasoline-like range at an affordable price. The current ZOE starts at  EUR 17,490 ($19,630) including tax.



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