We drove 'em both at the 2011 Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Berlin, Germany earlier this year, and now it's the rest of the world's turn to strap in behind the wheels of the Renault Fluence Z.E. and Kangoo Z.E. electric vehicles in one of the largest and longest media events for a plug-in vehicle we've ever heard of.
The suspensions of three top Renault execs over corporate espionage this week were just the first public hint that something could be seriously wrong inside the French automaker's electric vehicle program. The details are not yet known, but the case has been called the biggest industrial espionage investigation in Renault's history. French industry manager Eric Besson issued a statement saying France is facing an "economic war" over the electric car technology leaks, according to the Guardian. B
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