In January, Tesla CEO Elon Musk visited Tesla's French HQ in Chambourcy. During the event, Musk brought up the idea of building a Tesla factory somewhere in Europe, and that the French Alsace region would be a good option in terms of geography.
Tesla is set to debut its Model 3 in late March, but recent statements are making some wonder whether the presentation will involve an actual vehicle, or just images of the long-awaited affordable electric sedan.
The Renault Zoe was Europe's most popular EV in 2015, and the French automaker saw its overall sales in the segment jump 49 percent over 2014. EVs still represent a tiny portion of overall European auto purchases.
French investigators searched Renault's offices in an emissions probe, and investors reacted by dumping the company's stock. Renault explained there was no evidence of emissions defeat devices on its vehicles and no need to panic.