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Renault to launch EVs in India by middle of this decade

Renault to launch EVs in India by middle of this decade
PTI
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First Published: Mon, Jan 04 2010. 01 25 PM IST
Updated: Mon, Jan 04 2010. 01 25 PM IST
New Delhi: French auto major Renault on Monday said that it is looking at launching zero emission electric vehicles in India by the middle of this decade.
The company, which unveiled its city two-seater ‘Twizy´ in the country, also plans to produce up to five lakh units of electric vehicles (EV) globally by 2014.
“We will launch the electric versions of our family saloon ‘Fluence´ and the compact utility vehicle ‘Kangoo´ in 2011 in Denmark and Israel, followed by the launch of Twizy. We hope to bring all these cars to India within four years of their global launch,” Renault vice-president (corporate affairs and communications) Ashish Sinharoy said.
He said that the company will first bring cars to India as completely built units (CBU) but may look for local assembly of manufacturing later.
The company plans to introduce the car in the European market post 2012.
All the Renault models will use lithium ion batteries. While Twizy has a single charge mileage of 100 kilometre, Fluence and Kangoo will run up to 140-160 kilometre in a single charge.
In 2011, the company plans to start with an initial production of 50,000 units of EVs at its facilities in France and Israel and hope to reach a figure of five lakh units in the following three years.
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First Published: Mon, Jan 04 2010. 01 25 PM IST