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Electric vehicles are known for their brisk acceleration. When it comes to projected EV production levels for 2014, there's going to be some speeding up. According to research firm IHS Automotive, global plug-in vehicle production will increase to about 403,000 this year, up from 242,000 in 2013. That 67 percent growth marks an acceleration rate even higher than the 44 percent production growth rate the segment saw last year. And plug-in production growth easily outpaces the 3.6-percent growth r

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When the discussion turns to battery-powered cars, Renault-Nissan chief executive officer, Carlos Ghosn, is one outspoken, optimistic individual. In fact, it'd safe to say that Ghosn's bullish outlook for the electric vehicle (EV) segment is unmatched by any of his automotive peers. From claims of EVs accounting for ten percent of global sales in 2020 to promises that Renault-Nissan will have enough capacity to produce 500,000 electrics per year when demand, well, demands it, Ghosn never misses

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Nissan Leaf battery pack – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Nissan Leaf battery pack – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Vauxhall / Opel Ampera – Click above for high-res image gallery

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