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Renault boss makes an case for electric vehicles

22 2013

If you’re so inclined, you can this link to read interesting words from chief operating officer, Tavares, on the merits of fully vehicles versus plug-in

During a media address in the of his visit to Renault UK earlier week, Tavares also a case for the EV movement that I very interesting.

Renault, of has jumped into EVs with financial commitment than any manufacturer. Rather than one electric model to simply itself a PR-friendly green it has built four: the Twizy, Fluence and Kangoo van.

It’s a major undertaking, when EV sales have off more steadily than manufacturers initially anticipated.

Of it is only to be expected that an figure like Tavares is to come up with reasons why he Renault has got this right, and not will agree with his But here’s what he had to say.

sales will only go in an direction. Why? Because the we are giving future generations lead them almost to select their products on the short list of zero-emission Nobody will buy a small car for commuting that will not be emission.

It’s out of the question.

“We have more and more in terms of the quality of the air in the big urban There will be a point in when public opinion is to put so much pressure on the governments something is going to break. Non vehicles are going to be forbidden entering the city centres.

going to make a significant to customer behaviour.

“Then is the risk that geopolitical could throw the oil price the roof. I was in the US when the gas price to $4 per gallon, and I saw the speed at which the consumer moved from to compact cars. Three earlier, everybody was saying the would never leave pick-ups.

Sure, they came later, but they changed quickly into smaller

“At the moment the gross product growth of the world is not big, but if we start having a new of growth in not only the US and Europe but the emerging countries, the imbalance supply and consumption is going to be so big prices will skyrocket

“All of these bumps are to take the story always in the direction. I don’t know how years this will to happen, but I want to be ready it does.”

Put together, it reads like a compelling argument, although probably not worth contemplating might happen to Renault’s should the EV market get killed off by cell technology or some yet-to-be-developed innovation.

One more from Tavares stood He was complimentary about national that offer some of financial incentive as a way to encourage adopters into electric and hybrids. Our UK government, for example, a maximum of £5000 towards the of electric vehicles, plug-in and fuel cell EVs.

slightly contentiously, he believes subsidies should be graded to just how ‘green’ a vehicle is, rather the current system, says a vehicle must less than 75g/km of CO2 for EVs, have a range of than 70 miles between

“Anything that is done by any to support these moves is a in the right direction,” he says. question is whether we should do it in a way should be proportional to the cleanliness of the If you have a tailpipe, it is not zero

So according to Tavares’s argument, a EV such as the Zoe or Fluence should get of a subsidy than a plug-in such as the Volvo V60.

Interesting views. Anyone

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