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    Report: Renault may join German effort to loosen European emissions limits
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    We're not sure how to translate "biting the hand that feeds you" to French, but we're pretty sure the phrase is appropriate here. See, Renault recently won funding of about $28 million from the European Commission to develop diesel-hybrid powertrains for commercial vans. The thing is, the French ...

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    Official: Renault gets $28 million from EC to develop diesel-hybrid vans
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    Renault will receive 20.5 million euros (US$27.9 million) from the European Commission to develop diesel-hybrid powertrains for commercial vans, as the EC broadens its search for ways to cut emissions throughout the continent. The EC said earlier this week that it would provide 3.8 million euros ...

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    Report: Renault's Dacia unit may one day make EVs, Ghosn says
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    All-electric powertrains and low-priced, high-margin vehicle lines don't exactly go hand in hand, but Renault-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn says not to count out that possibility when it comes to Renault's Dacia division in Romania. With expanding EV sales bringing component costs down and pushing ...

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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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    Official: The new, old Popemobile Renault 4 is biofuel ready
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    While it's not a Popemobile in the traditional, bubble-shaped sense, Pope Francis now has a car that is not only humble and non-ostentatious but also might go over well with an environmental activist. The pope was given a 1984 Renault 4 that can run on biofuel. Fr. Renzo Zocca gave the pope his ...

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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-Nissan will start boosting BRIC production in 2015 with modular production
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    Renault and sister company Nissan, long advocates of electric-drive adoption, are gearing up for increased demand in emerging global markets by starting production on a modular-based platform in India in 2015. The Renault-Nissan Alliance said last week that it would start producing its Common ...

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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: Rio de Janeiro, Renault-Nissan will try to accelerate EV production in Brazil
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    Government officials in Rio de Janeiro will work with sister companies Renault and Nissan to accelerate the process of getting electric vehicles built in Brazil. A new memorandum of understanding between the organizations also includes Petrobras Distribuidora, Light, Ampla and Rio ...

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    Report: Nissan Europe gets first director of electric vehicles
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    Nissan Europe would like to see sales of its Nissan Leaf go up – how unusual – and has brought in an experienced marketing executive to make it happen. Jean-Pierre Diernaz moved from Nissan's luxury brand Infiniti, where he served as director of marketing and communications, to become ...

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    Official: Renault takes Better Place bankruptcy in stride, says EVs are still a focus
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    Renault says the recent bankruptcy filing by battery-swapping technology firm Better Place will do little to dissuade the automaker (and sister company Nissan) from continuing to try and boost electric-vehicle sales worldwide. Better Place's decision "does not at all call into question the ...

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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: Despite selling almost 90,000 electric vehicles, Renault-Nissan will not hit 2016 sales target
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    When you're in the lead, everyone can see the target on your back. When you're in front and talking about how much faster you could go, then it can seem like you're setting up your own stumbling blocks. That's one way to look at the electric vehicle work that Renault and Nissan are doing as they ...

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    Report: Carlos Ghosn says no more battery swap cars
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    The world's biggest proponent of electric vehicles appears to be exchanging his support for the concept of swappable batteries. Renault-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn says the Renault Fluence ZE will likely be the only model from the French automaker to have the ability for its battery to be changed ...

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    Report: Slow sales in Europe mean EVs often going to fleets
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    In Europe, car rental and car sharing are getting tapped into by automakers to "move the metal." Electric vehicles may come equipped with cutting-edge technology, but when buyers balk, automakers are quick to dump them on fleets. EVs only made up 0.23 percent of new car sales in Western ...

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    Report: Investors not running, yet, from Carlos Ghosn's EV bet
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    Renault and Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn continues to be evangelical about electric vehicles. The problem is, he's preaching to the choir. Ghosn believes – still – that by the end of this decade, one in 10 cars his companies sell will be electric. While 70,000 customers are happy with ...

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    Report: Renault Zoe buyers can get a free home charging station
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    Renault wants to get a running head start with early sales of its all-electric Zoe in the UK by offering free home-charging station for British customers, Hybrid Cars reports. When the Zoe goes on sale in the UK in early June, buyers will have the option of getting free delivery and installation ...

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    Exclusive: Carlos Ghosn: For Renault and Nissan, 70,000 EVs sold is just the beginning
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    Navigating the new world of electric vehicles takes leaps of faith and lots of planning. It also requires someone at the helm who's ready to try different things and also stick to his guns. In other words, it's not easy. But Renault and Nissan head Carlos Ghosn keeps on moving forward. Speaking ...

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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: Smart ForFour, Renault Twingo going rear-wheel drive on same platform
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    The alliance between Smart parent Daimler and Renault-Nissan is getting stronger with word that the companies' ForFour and Twingo urban minicars will share a rear-wheel drive platform. A three-year-old collaboration agreement has Renault-Nissan producing gasoline and electric versions of the ...

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