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Finally, the automaker of France has jumped upon the electric vehicle bandwagon for the first Renault Zoe electric car has been delivered its first owner, French Minister for Industrial Recovery, Arnaud Montebourg. Meanwhile, Charles Dickens cries from the pages of his long ago pages, “For what did the gutters run red?”

The 87-horsepower Zoe has a single-charge range from 62 miles to 93 miles depending upon the outdoor temperature.

The most unique feature of the Zoe is its price. It goes for less than many of its combustion-engine pals coming in at around the equivalent of $18,000 in croissants, berets, and body odor. However, the purchase price is not the only cost to buying the Renault Zoe electric car. A buyer also has to pay a monthly battery rental fee of around $110.

Renault is the largest electric car seller in the old tyme’ continent having sold more than 16,600 electric vehicles last year through October 2012.


About the author: Andrew Greene


Now playing the role of grumpy old man in the foothills of Northern California’s Gold Country, Andrew has had a life-long love affair with vehicles of all sorts, from the bicycle he pedaled across the continent in 1991 to the armored personnel carriers he drove in the Army to the bamboo rafts, elephants, motorcycle taxis, ferries and buses he traveled by during the 13 years he lived and worked in South East Asia. Always eager to learn more about how the people of the world get from here to there in their day-today lives, he, a professional journalist, has been covering the vehicle industry for years.


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