In electric car news this week – Renault announces it is ditching hybrids, 1,000 electric Range Rovers and all-electric taxis for London.
Renault Ditches Hybrids
Renault has announced that is abandoning any efforts to produce hybrid vehicles and concentrating all of its efforts on producing commercially viable all-electric cars and vans. The company aims to have its first electric vehicles on the market by 2011 – a Renault Kangoo van, a Clio hatchback and a larger saloon model.
The vehicles will use batteries from NEC (who have an arrangement with Renault’s partner Nissan) and will probably be leased, rather than sold, initially – due to high battery replacement costs.
Fancy an Electric Range Rover?
One of the problems with downsizing your gas-guzzler for a frugal electric urban runabout is that, well, they aren’t very luxurious. Electric car specialists Liberty Electric Car thinks that this desire for luxurious, ostentatious prestige is one reason that people aren’t buying existing electric cars.
Its solution? Electric Range Rovers. One thousand of them, to be precise.
The Liberty-converted Chelsea tractors will have an impressive 200 mile range – twice that of most existing and planned electric cars – and will cost an eye-watering £125,000. But if you can afford £57,000 OTR for a regular (basic spec) model, maybe that doesn’t seem so bad…
London To Get Electric Taxis, Courtesy Greentomatocars?
Eco-friendly private hire service greentomatocars.com is set to partner with Renault in a bid to bring all-electric taxis to the congested streets of London. The two companies are members of the Partnership for Zero-Emission Mobility and are planning to:
- Create a network of charging points around London
- Renault will supply and operate a number of electric hire cars for the greentomatocars’ fleet – moving them from operating hybrids to operating zero-emission vehicles.
As Jonny Goldstone, Director of greentomatocars says, “Hybrid cars are currently the best solution when looking for low emission urban transport, but as soon as a serious zero emission alternative appears we aim to be first in the queue to operate those cars.”