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2016 Paris Motor Show: Five interesting electric cars

2016 Paris Motor Show: Five interesting electric cars
Ninad Ambre Ninad Ambre Monday 03 October 2016, 19:07 PM

Electric cars could drive the future. This is possibly why many automakers are developing interesting concepts. Some have even come close to making production versions of it. While many of these might still be far from being seen on the roads, take a look at the following five electric cars showcased at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

Opel Ampera-e: Opel, the European division of General Motors, caught everyone's attention by unveiling the Ampera-e. This is based on the Chevrolet Bolt and will be an affordable plug-in car with a 238miles driving range on a single charge. Though the prices have not been revealed, the car might go into production next year at the same Michigan factory where the Bolt is also manufactured.

Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ concept: The Mercedes Generation EQ concept was the most interesting vehicle from the 30 cars that the manufacturer unveiled at the event. This is a fully electric SUV that will be a part of Mercedes-EQ, the carmaker's upcoming new electric car sub-brand. The EQ's production version might take some time to come into inception, but Mercedes has confirmed that it will be built. In fact, they expect electric vehicles to make up as much as 20 per cent of Mercedes's worldwide sales by by 2025.


Smart ForTwo Electric Drive: The press conference of Mercedes was followed by Smart, where they revealed the ForTwo Electric Drive. The new hatchback is pitted to be the first convertible electric car and will go on sale in the US by the end of this year. Currently, it is a two-door vehicle, but the company revealed that a four-door model will also make it to the European market.

Volkswagen I.D.: Volkswagen too unveiled a concept car named I.D. When it is launched in 2020, this electric car's cost is expected to be equivalent to a diesel VW Golf. The carmaker highlights the car's driving range to be between 250 to 375 miles, which is considerably more than what conventional electric cars have.

Renault Zoe: This car is not new to the electric cars segment. But, the French carmaker had a redesigned version of it at their pavilion at the Motor Show. In its latest iteration, the Zoe does 186miles or about 300km in a single charge. Unfortunately, one has to lease out its battery separately for the car that otherwise costs $29,000.


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