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Renault Will Reveal Plug-in Runabouts

Renault, the French car manufacturer intends to unveil its plug in car, which is ‘car of the future’. Nissan, the Japanese auxiliary of Renault plans to disclose the related information about its price range and services in around 2 years.

This car will be environment friendly and commercially feasible car. According to the reports, electric cars brought out by them are capable of competing with the other cars in the market in terms of internal-combustion in the upcoming years.

During the Frankfurt Motor Show, Carlos Ghosn, the President, and the Chief Executive of Renault-Nissan, will announce a program worth NZ$1.4 billion in order to build up all-electric cars in at least four categories. These cars will be able to travel approximately 160km and their batteries would not need re-charging.

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Mr Ghosn announced that, “We plan to be the world leader of the ‘zero-emission’, 100 per cent electric car.” These four models of electric cars are supposed to be cars, which can accommodate a single complete family at a time.

It has been revealed by the reports that cars will be sold for the equivalent price as any of hybrid, diesel, or petrol cars; and will give the similar performance.

Earlier attempts to manufacture complete plug in cars were unsuccessful. In most cases, the drivers and car owners did not want to buy the electric cars as long as there were not enough “electric service stations’, since without service points, charging these electric cars would not be possible. However, Renault considers that it has solved this problem, as it has negotiated to provide consumers with networks for re-charging in maximum of 30 cities or countries.

Renault has come up with three ways of charging the cars after it has run for 160 km. The driver can find a service station and exchange the lithium batteries. He can also avail of the facilities in a fast-recharge zone that will take almost 30 minutes. Lastly, he can re-charge his car just like mobile phones using an electric socket for at least eight hours.

According to the Le Journal du Dimanche, Mr Ghosn commented, “The battery would be rented for a little less than US$100 a month. The cost of electricity, plus the battery rental, would be less than the equivalent cost of petrol.”

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Renault believes that plug in cars are suitable for suburban and urban traveler until lithium batteries are available with longer life span that can travel to more than 160 km.

One of the Renault sources is of the view that, “If you live in the suburbs and drive into town every day, you can charge up your car in the garage at night.” However, the problem may crop up when a person wants to take his plug in for the holidays.

The French Government, in collaboration with Renault is planning to offer subsidies to create a network of battery switching points and recharging stations across the nation. In fact, Israel and a few countries of Europe have agreed to this concept.

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