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French Company Doubles Range Of Kangoo ZE Delivery Van With H2 System

Symbio FCell has delivered the first five (of a planned 40) hydrogen range-extender electric vehicles in France. The modified Kangoo ZE EVs now have twice the range.

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Most Of Those Are Due To Popular Leaf, Which Has Sold 67,000 In US

The all-electric Renault Zoe sold 10,000 units during its first year on sale and the French automaker has sold a total of about 51,500 EVs since starting sales of its four-vehicle EV lineup in 2011. Renault's collection also includes the Twizy two-seater, the Fluence sedan and the Kangoo van – just look at the awesome concepts from 2009 in the gallery above. Throw in the fact that the Nissan Leaf has sold around 150,000 around the world and some sales of the e-NV200 delivery van, and we ge

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Could this be the automobile sector's version of the Reese's Peanut Butter cup? Paris-based Symbio is proposing something akin to mixing chocolate with peanut butter (never a bad thing, in our book) with the idea of adding a hydrogen fuel-cell range extender to a Renault electric vehicle.

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Even though the commercial vehicle segment here in the US is still dominated by American automakers, Mercedes-Benz continues to be a top automaker for global work vehicles, including its recently introduced Citan. Built as a part of the Daimler-Renault alliance and sharing its design with the Renault Kangoo, the Mercedes-Benz Citan gets some notable upgrades including an optional diesel engine, available custom body conversions and a new stretched, seven-passenger model.

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We tend to think of Mercedes-Benz as a luxury automaker – and indeed it is – but overseas it's a full-line brand, known as much for its trucks and vans as it is for its upscale passenger cars. And this is the latest.

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Put the word Grand in front of a nameplate and you'll likely be looking at something from the Chrysler stable: a Jeep Grand Cherokee, for example, or a Dodge Grand Caravan. But Auburn Hills isn't the only automaker to use the moniker: so does Renault, as in the Grand Scenic, Grand Modus, Grand Espace, and this latest release.

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Here in the U.S., Hertz, will rent the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Tesla Roadster, Smart ED and Coda Sedan to members for a by-the-hour fee through its Connect by Hertz plug-in car rental program. In fact, Hertz already rented out its first electrified Smart Fortwo last December and followed that up by handing the keys over to a Volt this past January.

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Renault Fluence Z.E. – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Renault Zoe concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

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2012 Renault Fluence Z.E. – Click above for high-res image gallery

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2012 Renault Fluence Z.E. – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Renault Fluence ZE Concept - click above for high-res image gallery

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Renault Zero Emission line-up - Click for high-res image gallery

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Renault Zero Emission line-up - Click above for high-res image gallery

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Renault Zero Emission line-up - Click for high-res image gallery

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Renault Be Bop Z.E. - Click above for high res image gallery

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Kangoo be bop Z.E. - Click above for a high-res image gallery

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