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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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    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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    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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    French government announces plans to order 50,000 electric vehicles, offers incentives to buyers
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    Several countries have already announced major plans to put electric vehicles on the road soon. Most of the deals we've heard about start with the government agreeing to buy (X) amount of electric vehicles (EVs) as a sign of support and belief in the battery-powered technology. Then some ...

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    Lumeneo Smera, new French electric car, on sale for 24,500 euros
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    Lomeneo Smera - click above for high-res image gallery
    First introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in 2008, the Lumeneo Smera has been making small appearances around France and Monaco. The next appearance of the tiny 1+1 seat electric tilting vehicle will be at the 15th Sport & Collection ...

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    Renault says electric cars won't happen without government help
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    click above image for a high-resolution gallery of the Renault Z.E. concept
    French automakers Renault, Peugeot and Citroën have already taken government assistance worth $11.8 billion. Renault, which accepted a $3.9 billion loan, is now saying that without more government help - like purchase ...

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    Video: Jeremy Clarkson reviews G-Wiz
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    Below the fold is a video of Jeremy Clarkson, of the TV show Top Gear, reviewing the all electric G-Wiz. The review of the G-Wiz starts at 2 minutes 45 seconds after Jeremy makes fun of French sport cars. Highlights from the review of the G-Wiz include a race between the G-Wiz and a table, which ...

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