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Renault Nissan Ramp Up Electric Car Production

Neil Winton wonders if the French-Japanese alliance are putting too much faith into people accepting electric cars.

Published: 17-Dec-2012

It's depressing when you organize a party and nobody shows up.

That must be how the Renault-Nissan alliance feels as its showrooms fill up with electric cars that can't find homes.

Most manufacturers hedged their bets a bit as electric cars were hailed as the way to cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and consumption of fossil fuel. No matter that in fact electric cars merely transfer the production of CO2 to often coal-fired power stations, cost more than twice as much as regular cars, and have mediocre and unpredictable range.

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