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Zero-emission vehicles from Renault-Nissan Alliance win industry’s tip prizes
- Nissan LEAF becomes 2012 Japan Car of a Year, adding to accolades including 2011 World Car of a Year and 2011 European Car of a Year.
- Renault Kangoo Z.E. is 2012 International Van of a Year – a initial time that an electric automobile has perceived a award.
- Prizes paint a “clean sweep” for Renault-Nissan, consumers and a planet
Zero-emission vehicles from a Renault-Nissan Alliance have won a automobile industry’s tip accolades dual years in a row, violence dozens of conventionally powered cars and vans competing for a prestigious titles.
On Saturday during a rite during a 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, a Nissan LEAF became Japan’s Car of a Year — a initial time a zero-emission automobile has won a prestigious award. Last month, a Nissan LEAF won a 2012 Car of a Year endowment from RJC, a row of Japan’s tip automotive researchers and journalists. And progressing this year, a Nissan LEAF became a 2011 European Car of a Year and a 2011 World Car of a Year — in all cases scoring some-more points than competitors powered by a single, non-renewable fuel source.
On Nov. 25, a Renault Kangoo Z.E. became a initial electric automobile to be named International Van of a Year. Thanks to a floor-mounted battery, a Kangoo Z.E. delivers a same bucket ability and expanse of a internal-combustion Kangoo – and a former can be charged with quite renewable appetite for severely reduced CO emissions.
“These awards to both Renault and Nissan paint a ‘clean sweep’ for zero-emission vehicles and a miracle for consumers and a environment,” pronounced Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn. “Zero-emission vehicles can clearly be rival alternatives to required ones — either we use them as smoothness vans or bland commuter cars.”
Zero-emission vehicles radically redefine “normal”
The awards come from objective, eccentric automotive critics and attention reporters who rigorously cross-tested Renault and Nissan’s first-generation EVs opposite some of a many determined internal-combustion vehicles in a industry.
After contrast a Renault Kangoo Z.E. and a Nissan LEAF, jurors were tender with a vehicles’ torque, responsiveness and fun-to-drive simplicity. They also enjoyed a discerning user interface and commented about how “normal” a vehicles felt, notwithstanding state-of-the-art powertrains that devour no petroleum whatsoever.
The Nissan LEAF “feels usually like a normal car, usually quieter,” pronounced jurors when Nissan kick 39 required cars to turn a World Car of a Year. The 66 judges were comparison automotive reporters from 24 countries.
A apart row of jurors echoed a view on Thursday in fixing a Renault Kangoo Z.E. a International Van of a Year. They emphasized a cost of a Kangoo Z.E., that starts during during €20,000 incompatible VAT in Europe (before incentive). The battery leases for €72 incompatible VAT a month for 36 months and 10,000 km.
“Renault brings a electric outpost within a strech of a normal European outpost user, thereby delivering a vital grant to environmental sustainability, one of a many critical issues of a ride of products by highway nowadays,” jury authority Pieter Wieman pronounced during a 14th International Trailer Show in Belgium.
Built in Maubeuge, France, Kangoo Z.E. offers a stretchable pattern options of a internal-combustion cousin, a Kangoo. Both can be systematic in bucket volumes trimming from 3 m3 to 4.6 m3.
Renault perceived a joining final month from 19 French companies to buy some-more than 15,000 Kangoo Z.E.s. French postal use La Poste systematic 10,000 – a biggest singular EV sequence ever.
Renault-Nissan establishes zero-emission care
The Renault-Nissan Alliance aims to furnish 1.5 million electric vehicles by 2016 and sojourn a personality in zero-emission technology. The Alliance has begun rolling out a family of electric vehicles, starting with a Nissan LEAF.
The Nissan LEAF was launched in Dec 2010 and has turn a world’s many renouned electric vehicle. Nissan has delivered some-more than 20,000 LEAFs worldwide. The five-passenger LEAF is on sale in Japan, USA and Western Europe.
The Kangoo Z.E. is a initial EV from Renault, that within a subsequent year will also also launch a Fluence Z.E. family sedan, a Twizy civic two-seat commuter vehicle, and a ZOE subcompact.
All EVs from a Renault-Nissan Alliance store appetite in a lithium-ion battery that meets or exceeds all environmental and reserve standards wherever they are sold. The vehicles can be “topped off” whenever drivers wish to block in, or they can be entirely recharged overnight from a preference of a driver’s home, garage or parking deck.
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