RTE 1 1 of 2 A 1.3-litre electric car has been unveiled in France.
It’s a Renault-Nissan Leaf, the first electric car from a French carmaker and the first to be launched in Europe.
The car is based on Renault’s range-extended electric concept called Energia, and is powered by a new turbocharged petrol engine.
It has a top speed of 130km/h (80mph), but the company has said the car will be sold as a hybrid vehicle.
The Leaf is the company’s first electric vehicle, and the largest ever mass-market electric vehicle.
Renault is hoping the Leaf can make a difference in the electric car market.
Renaud Renault, the largest carmaker in Europe, is betting big on electric cars.
Renault has been working on electric vehicles since at least 2006.
A Renault Leaf electric vehicle was unveiled in Paris.
Electric cars, with their plug-in hybrids, are expected to be the biggest growth driver in Europe over the next decade.
France is the largest market for electric cars in Europe with around 7 million cars sold.
Its government has set a target of 60 per cent electrification by 2030, compared to 40 per cent now.
Europe has around 70 million electric cars on the roads, which are largely electric.
But the Renault Leaf is France’s first mass-produced electric car.
With Renault, Nissan, BMW and others backing the electric vehicles, it has the potential to change the car market in Europe and lead the way in the world.
French carmaker Renault has said it will produce its first electric vehicles in 2019.
As part of the plans, Renault is setting up a factory in the country’s second largest city of Lyon.
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