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    Report: Toyota increasing Yaris Hybrid production to 222,000 this year in France
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    More fuel economy means more factory workers and more production for Toyota's most popular model in Europe. That simple equation explains why the Japanese automaker is boosting annual production of its gas- and hybrid-powered Yaris compact vehicles at its French factory. The new number will be ...

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    Official: Renault Zoe EV sells 10,000 units in first year
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    Renault can find both good and bad news from its offering on the European electric vehicle market – the Zoe EV sold only one fifth of its sales target for its first year - with 10,000 units sold – but it appears that French customers who do bite are falling in love with the little ...

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    Official: Audi starts new e-gas partnership with Global Bioenergies
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    Audi continues to try to build its green-car cred with one more partnership to produce synthetic fuels made from renewable resources. The German automaker is hooking up with France-based Global Bioenergies to make a synthetic biofuel called e-gasoline. Audi says making this e-gas "does not create ...

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    Two Wheels: All across Europe, bicycles outsold cars last year
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    It may have taken a full generation for Queen's 1978 oddball anthem Bicycle Race to take effect, but by golly, folks in the band's native UK, not to mention the rest of Europe, are getting the rather operatic message. Last year, Europeans bought more bicycles than light-duty vehicles in 25 of the ...

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    Official: Renault, Bollore partner on carsharing, electric vehicles
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    Bolloré, the company behind the car-sharing service Autolib, is going to get to work alongside French automaker Renault on some of these newfangled mobility issues. The two companies have signed a letter of intent to collaborate on car-sharing operations and, possibly, to develop an ...

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    Study: Future of EV battery production shines bright in France
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    France's plug-in vehicle market remains firmly in its infancy, but when it comes to making the batteries that power those cars, the country's prospects are tres grande, according to at least one report. The home of Renault has an electric-vehicle battery industry whose market value will surge to ...

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    Official: Renault Twizy is promoted as avant-garde for fashion-conscious French Riviera
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    If promoting a car's utility, convenience, economy and environmental friendliness doesn't do the trick, an automaker can always fall back on one strategy: cool factor. Renault, which along with sister company Nissan is trying to lead the charge towards battery-electric vehicle adoption, is ...

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    Study: Governments support EVs not for eco benefits, but for jobs
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    Economists have long argued that there's no better medicine for an ailing economy than a good old-fashioned war. Now, some analysts are arguing that the nascent plug-in vehicle industry is fulfilling the same purpose. Job creation, and not environmental benefits, is the primary reason why many ...

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    Report: France working on domestic hydrogen refueling network
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    A French consortium has launched a national study to analyze the potential of hydrogen and fuel cell electric vehicles. Twenty partner members in the "Mobility Hydrogen France" group think that a hydrogen refueling infrastructure could increase deployment of electric vehicles in Europe and ...

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    Official: Renault works with French utility SyDev on EV charging network
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    Renault continues to try to kickstart sales of its all-electric Zoe with public-private partnership agreements that will improve France's electric-vehicle charging infrastructure. The automaker has reached an agreement with SyDEV, which operates the electric utilities in the coastal Vendee ...

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    Official: Mia Electric microbus goes on sale in UK this summer for $26,675
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    The Mia Electric three-seat minibus will debut in the UK this summer, and the cool thing is that the seats won't need to be switched for right-hand drive. The made-in-France Mia, which debuted in 2010 and began service in a car-sharing program in France's Poitou-Charentes last year, will be ...

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    Official: Renault Z.E. center celebrates first birthday with 21,000 EV test drives
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    Renault is ready to party at its Z.E. (zero emission) Center in Boulogne-Billancourt, France, near Paris. While it's being called a birthday celebration, the Z.E. Center actually opened up almost a year and a half ago, in January 2012. Renault says that it's the first electric vehicle test center ...

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    Report: Elon Musk hints a Texas plant could build Tesla pickup
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    Tesla CEO Elon Musk was in Texas this week, fighting for his company's right to sell electric cars directly to consumers. He also hinted that Tesla might have big plans for Texas, if this one little law just goes his way. "I have this idea for a really advanced electric truck that has the ...

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    Report: French nuclear power grid could be strained by electric vehicles
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    File this under the "if it's not one thing, it's another" department. France, whose largest automaker Renault is already addressing concerns over what may be less-than-expected demand for electric vehicles, has a power grid that may be insufficient should consumers adopt plug-in vehicles in ...

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    Official: Toyota-Grenoble EV car-sharing program will include i-Road
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    We're not sure if you can throw tire chains on the super-narrow Toyota i-Road electric vehicle, but it's a question worth asking. That's because the Japanese automaker is partnering with the French city of Grenoble, located in the Alps, to deploy a car-sharing program that will include about 70 ...

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    Report: Citing "public health," French minister calls for higher diesel taxes
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    France's environment minister says diesel fuel, which powers about 80 percent of the country's light-duty vehicles, should be taxed at higher levels for the sake of public health, Bloomberg News reports. Delphine Batho, in a radio interview, said the idea of increasing diesel taxes is a "public ...

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    Official: French government orders 2,100 Renault Fluence, Zoe electric vehicles
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    There's no quicker way to jump-start plug-in vehicle sales than a big order from the government. When it comes to Renault, France certainly is obliging. France's Union des Groupements d'Achats Publics (UGAP) is ordering 2,000 (!) Renault Zoe electric vehicles and another 100 Fluence Z.E. EVs ...

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    Report: 2012 plug-in vehicle sales top 5,000 units in France
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    Proud to be an American? Perhaps not so much if you're an electric vehicle advocate comparing our new EV sales to those of France (and try to forget Norway). Automakers sold 5,663 pure electric vehicles to private users in France 2012, doubling the annual EV sales throughout the country compared ...

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    As Renault delivers first Zoe, company's EV strategy questioned
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    Arnaud Montebourg, France's Minister of Industrial Recovery, was handed the keys to the first Renault Zoe electric car on December 17 by Carlos Tavares, Renault Group's chief operating officer. Renault calls the Zoe the "first broadly affordable full-electric car," and the EV qualifies for a ...

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    Report: Electric charger standardization remains question, hurdle in Europe's EV adoption
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    The electric vehicle charging-station standardization issue that's viewed as a major hurdle to mass EV adoption goes far beyond SAE vs. CHAdeMO, apparently. European nations are also divided about which standard the European Union should use in its effort to build out the infrastructure necessary ...

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