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Record drop in fuel consumption in France

September 2012 marked a historic moment: fuel consumption retracted by 6.4% in France this past month, which is one of the sharpest drops in fuel consumption ever recorded in France.

The Alsace Region is launching its Electric Vehicle Club

The Electric Vehicle Club Alsace, which is funded by the Alsace Region, will be inaugurated during a special evening at the Maison de la Region on the 22nd of October, 2012.

Arnaud Montebourg arrives at the Council of Ministers in the new Renault ZOE

In a symbolic gesture, Arnaud Montebourg, the Minister of Industrial Renewal, arrived at the Council of Ministers in the newly launched Renault ZOE this morning.

France: Consumer bonuses for electric and hybrid cars

A decree published in the Official Gazette (Journal Officiel) last month included further details of the government’s automobile recovery plan, and the specific conditions of the increased consumer bonuses for electric and hybrid cars announced by the government.

The Peugeot iOn is available at 10 900 euros this month in France

The Peugeot iOn can be purchased for 10 900 euros this month. Seriously?? An unprecedented discount from Peugeot make the car available to the public at this unbelievable price.

Nissan’s Big Turn On competition in France: we won!

Victory! Many, many of you voted for Automobile Propre (the sister site of ChargeMap) in Nissan’s Big Turn On competition. After a number of weeks of suspense, we finally have the official results: we won!

The EV Renault Zoe crash test

With the different “scandals” that have surrounded electric vehicle safety, Renault is making sure that the public is aware of their efforts to test the safety of the ZOE. The manufacturer has just “sacrificed” around one hundred cars in various crash tests.

Recovery plan for the automobile sector: 7000€ subsidy for electric cars

The French government’s recovery plan for the automobile sector will be presented today and we already know that “clean” cars will be favored, with a 7000€ subsidy for electric cars and 4000€ subsidy for hybrid cars.

The new Renault Clio 4: a potential competitor for the ZOE?

Renault has just unveiled the new version of the Clio, and the least we can say is that the design really stands out. Will this new model cast doubts in the minds of potential ZOE buyers in Europe?

Trial of a prototype car at the Shell Eco Marathon

At the Shell Eco Marathon, which was held in Rotterdam from the 16th – 19th of May this year, I had the pleasure of getting behind the wheel of a “cigar on wheels” for one lap around the track.