Chief Operating Office Patrick Pelata mentioned the coming era of EVs during a speech at an event Sept. 16 to mark Renault's 100 years of having a presence on the Champs Elysees in Paris.
Six days later, Renault grabbed headlines at the IAA truck show in Hanover, Germany, by announcing that the full-electric Kangoo Express Z.E. would be start at 20,000 euros (about $26,950) before taxes and without incentives.
The compact delivery van will cost 15,000 euros with incentives and before taxes.
There will be a lot more EV-related chatter stirred up by Renault this week at the Paris auto show. On Thursday, the it will debut the production-ready full-electric Fluence large sedan, which like the Kangoo EV goes on sales in mid-2011. Renault also will reveal a near-production version of the Zoe battery-powered city car and the sexy DeZir EV sports car concept.
A few years ago, every conversation about Renault seemed to include a mention of the low-cost Logan model line. Today, the mantra is EVs, EVs, and more EVs.
That message will only get louder on Thursday and Friday.