Renault-Nissan faces new competition from VW for its electric vehicle market lead, but boss Carlos Ghosn welcomes the challenge
Jim Holder
14 September 2013

Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn has welcomed the challenge to its electric cars sales leadership by Volkswagen, following the launch of the VW e-Up and VW e-Golf at the Frankfurt motor show.

Responding to VW’s claims that it will take electric car leadership by 2018 off the back of similar launches, Ghosn said “I hear we have competition, and I welcome it. Little by little every car maker will enter the electric car field. This industry cannot run without electric cars and hybrid cars."

Under Ghosn, Renault and Nissan took a pioneering approach to electrified cars, and have launched vehicles including the Nissan Leaf, Renault Twizy and Renault Zoe. However sales have been disappointing, and will fall short of Ghosn's original goal of 1.5m sales annually by 2016.

“I remain bullish,” said Ghosn. “By 2020 I believe 10 per cent of cars sold will be electric. We are waiting for governments to show more support, but it will happen. China especially will be key, and by 2020 I expect the momentum to be there.

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14 September 2013

Competion is good thing and the EV range wars is the major factor. Next gen cars will be hitting over 150 miles and for a second car that'll be plenty afterwhich the prices should come down

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

14 September 2013

In the recent past VW has been dilly dally with their EVs but not any longer. The e-Up and e-Golf are quite competitive with the class and should sell well at the right price.
Factor in VW's cunning price plans and we may be about to witness the start of a wider take-up of the EVs. After all no other car maker can shift cars like this German giant.

14 September 2013

The government is about to cancel the £5k electric car grant and give a new grant to hydrogen cars. This will add to the competition at the right time.

14 September 2013
Turismo wrote:

The government is about to cancel the £5k electric car grant and give a new grant to hydrogen cars. This will add to the competition at the right time.

source? Oh, wait, it's the Daily Mail, the only paper to 'report' this. How odd!

The facts:

The plug-in grant has been made available for the life of the current parliament, or in other words, at least until 2015.

The gov.uk document explaining your entitlements was updated only this month.

The grant already covers hydrogen fuel-celled cars, as they already meet the criteria for the grant.

The lies:

Almost everything in the Daily Mail.

Stop reading the Daily Mail. Seriously, any article on any given day in that rabble-rousing comic is to some extent false or misleading, and repeating its 'news' - essentially click-bait for the overwhelmingly dense - does not paint you in a good light.

15 September 2013
Turismo wrote:

The government is about to cancel the £5k electric car grant and give a new grant to hydrogen cars. This will add to the competition at the right time.

I didn't know the news of the World was still making stories up, Was you source a close friend of the government or a cleaner at no 10.

Not sure how much £5k would go towards a hydrogen car as I've never seen one for sale or Hydrogen for that matter either.

Also who the hell would buy one when it wouldn't save you penny (comparative tests against petrol were done in America) and there's less than 5 places in the country to fill up.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

14 September 2013

And Vauxhall have cut £3,000 from the price of the Ampera, which to me is the best electric/hybrid car to date.

14 September 2013

I never read the daily mail or check what it says. How did you know it appears in the Daily Mail? It must be plenty of other places too.
I didnt say they are getting rid of the EV grant completely I just said the £5k/25% grant. The grants will be shared between Hydrogen cars.
Not just fuel cell cars either.

15 September 2013
Turismo wrote:

I never read the daily mail or check what it says. How did you know it appears in the Daily Mail? It must be plenty of other places too.

it appears in two high profile news sources, the Daily Mail and in Car Dealer Magazine. And the latter is simply quoting the BS of the former. That's how I know.

In addition, the following car comparison site responded to the Daily Mail article directly by actually asking the Department for Transport rather than simply making stuff up:

recombu.com/cars/articles/news/government-plan-to-phase-out-5k-electric-car-grant-is-cobblers

(sorry, can't create clickable links because Autocar have disabled them; presumably in some half-assed, horribly misguided attempt to stop spam).

"It had been reported that the plug-in car grant, given towards the cost of each new electric car or van, would be 'phased out'. However a Department for Transport spokesperson has confirmed the reports put forward by the Daily Mail are simply untrue."

Daily Mail untrue! How 'bout that!

15 September 2013

All manufacturers will benefit from an industry push to increase electric car sales. There is a need for more recharging points, especially outside city centres. We'll all be better off if all motorway service stations added a few fast charging points.

The Tesla has shown that electric cars don't have to just be small city cars.

15 September 2013

Though I think electric is suited to small cars, smaller than city cars though, they are too big. The right idea was those concepts we saw awhile back the ones that look like a Caterham but the 2 seats in tandem. That is the car i'm waiting for. The smaller the car the smaller the battery, small batteries take far less time to charge.
The twizzy is closest yet, but it's too high. Need a long low down car.

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