Renault is betting big on electric cars, or at least that's the image they're out peddling everywhere. During a press conference this week in Paris, Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn announced that the French marque will begin testing pure electric cars this year. Specifically, he said that (translated from the French), "the conditions for electric cars to exist have finally been met," and added: "We're testing an EV model this year. It's able to run for 160 km (100 miles), even with the A/C and the radio at full blast." No further details were given. Is this the model for Renault's partnership with Better Place? Is it the model they promised to build for France? Once pure electric vehicles are available, Renault predicts domestic French demand for them could reach about 400,000 cars in 2016; that's roughly 20 percent of the market.

[Source: Le Blog Auto]