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Peugeot: its vision of the car in 2030


We couldn’t bring ourselves to it. The pandemic is depriving us, this year, of trade shows and concept cars, these style manifestos that manufacturers unveil to the public during these major events. Vehicles that nourish the automotive dream, awaken desire and enhance future shapes. That is why we called Jean-Pierre Ploué, the styling director of the four brands of PSA, and asked him if he was ready for Peugeot to make a prototype for the Figaro. Without a doubt the only one of the year 2020.

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Confusion at Peugeot: the original approach went beyond the usual framework. After some procrastination and adjustments, the brand management gave the green light. This is how in fifteen days, the direction of the Lion style made a virtual vehicle emerge from the earth that transports us to the world of tomorrow. No one yet knows if this vehicle, nicknamed “La Peugeot du Figaro” for lack of an official name, will one day have a physical existence, but it is intended as a vision of the Sochaux manufacturer by 2030-2035. What could she look like?

Sandeep Bhambra for the exterior style and Guillaume Lemaitre for the interior realized in a fortnight a concept that provides avenues for reflection. They take us to another planet with a sharp bodywork reminiscent of a fighter plane but incorporating the Peugeot codes, whether at the level of the grille frame or the rear lights whose three claws are, this time, treated. horizontally. The choice of a sedan silhouette shows that this low architecture is not abandoned.

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Following on from the e-Legend concept presented at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, the French firm maintains the idea that the automobile of tomorrow can remain an object of pleasure despite the adoption of an electric motor and the latest technologies. more advanced in autonomous driving. The result is a completely redesigned interior architecture that lets us imagine what awaits us tomorrow. The atmosphere will be closer to that of our homes both in the shapes of the furniture and in the choice of recycled and environmentally friendly materials. The adoption of an electric platform offers freedoms hitherto unknown in terms of interior design. “You can imagine storing your luggage in the front under a glass box,” explains Matthias Hossann. Designed as a living room, this concept receives rear passengers in a sofa and those in the front seats in particularly comfortable armchairs. The fully glazed roof floods the interior with light and helps open the car to the outside world. This concept skips the dashboard, accommodating a huge screen of at least 49 inches on the wall separating the cockpit from the front cradle.

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Free exercise, of course, but not free, this concept prepares us for the Peugeot of tomorrow, electric, connected, autonomous and with a predominant place for largely customizable digital screens. This is the wish of some: the driver can delegate driving to the car and choose to doze, read, work or watch a movie or a show. Extensive program.

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BMW 4 Series Cabriolet, the return of the canvas


NEW – The new generation of the 4 Series convertible abandons the hardtop in favor of a much more refined canvas top.

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BMW draws a line on the hardtop introduced in 2007. Its new 4 Series Cabriolet in dealerships next spring returns to the traditional canvas top, sparing a more elegant silhouette and less expensive in weight. By renouncing the hard roof that fitted the previous model, the Munich manufacturer announces that it has reduced the weight of this equipment by 40%. This is not luxury these days. Other benefits: the lighter fabric top reduces the center of gravity and the boot volume increases by 80 liters with the top down to 300 liters. With the roof closed, the loading capacity increases to 385 l (+ 15 l). An opening in the rear seat can accommodate long items.

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The elegance of the fabric headgear will not make you forget the huge vertical grille shared with the 4 Series Coupe and the M3-M4 duo. From the coupe launched in a few weeks, the convertible also shares the widened tracks. In the case of the convertible, they increase by + 28 mm at the front and + 18 mm at the rear compared to the previous model. BMW announces that it has taken care of road handling and agility. The chassis structure has been stiffened, notably adopting an aluminum reinforcement plate at the front axle.

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The range of engines is modeled on that of the coupe. Three versions will be offered for launch next March. The 420i’s 184 hp 2-liter turbo-petrol 4-cylinder is the only one to dispense with 48 V light hybridization technology. The 420d’s 4-cylinder 2-liter turbo diesel (190 hp) and the six-cylinder The M440i’s 374 hp 3-liter turbo petrol line is associated with an 11 hp starter alternator. All three versions come standard with the 8-speed automatic transmission. The price starts at 59,550 euros for the 420i.

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BMW 128 ti, a sports car that moves forward


NEW – Popularized in the 1960s, the suffix “Ti” reappeared on the last front-wheel drive 1 Series.

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A black grille, gills in the front fascia and the side sills painted in red, red brake calipers and a sport chassis lowered by 10 mm, 18-inch light alloy rims, a cabin with a strong red dominant: the last Series 1 dresses in sportswear. For the occasion, BMW resurrected the suffix “Ti” introduced on the sedan 1800 in the early 1960s and popularized with the famous 2002 Ti and Tii in the early 1970s. Called 128 ti, the latest addition to the 1 Series range is inserted between the 120i and the M135i xDrive. The period no longer being overbid in terms of displacement and number of cylinders, it is a deflated version of the 4-cylinder 2-liter turbo petrol of the M135i xDrive which breathes under the front hood. From 306 hp, the power drops to 265 hp. Unlike the first Ti which forged the reputation of the brand, the cavalry is no longer transmitted to the rear wheels.

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The driver will now have to struggle with the influx of all torque and power into the front end. This is not the case with the M135i xDrive which relies on an all-wheel drive to pass the 306 hp on the road. BMW ensures that the traction and handling efficiency of the 128 Ti will be preserved thanks to the DirectDrive chassis lowered by 10 mm, the mechanical Torsen-type limited-slip differential and the traditional electronic crutches. If it shares its anti-roll bars and supports with its big sister, the 128 Ti is distinguished by stiffer shock springs. Lighter by around 80 kilos, the 128 Ti can easily claim the title of the most sporty Series 1. Its standard equipment includes an 8-speed automatic transmission. Marketed from November at a price of 46,550 euros, the 128 Ti paves the way for a future Tisa lightened and muscular version.

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Ford Mustang Mach 1, visa for Europe


NEWS – Resurrecting the Mach 1 name, the latest evolution of the Mustang becomes the most efficient model marketed in Europe.

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Here is a piece of news that will delight many fans of the world’s best-selling coupe. The new Ford Mustang Mach 1 will be marketed in Europe, in a limited edition. Officially presented during Goodwood Speed ​​Week which is held the weekend of October 17-18 at Lord March’s famous family circuit in Sussex, the new Mach 1 is largely inspired by the design of the original model introduced in 1969. Stripes black in the center of the hood and on the side sills, 19-inch light alloy rims, two huge double exhaust nozzles flanking a diffuser: the Mach 1 version 2021 will not go unnoticed. Customers will have a choice of eight body colors.

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Mach 1 is not limited to a cosmetic operation. Under the hood breathes the most advanced version of the 5-liter V8 sold in Europe. As on the Bullitt model, it displays a power of 460 hp at 7,500 rpm and a torque of 529 Nm. It is associated with an active exhaust that varies the sound according to the driving mode selected. Compared to the Bullitt, the Mach 1 promises to perform better than the Mustangs ever launched in Europe. It is thus equipped with an optimized cooling system for intensive use in competition.

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For the first time, the Mach 1 introduced in Europe the high-performance TREMEC six-speed manual transmission, equipped with rev-matching, a system that automatically performs the famous gas stroke on downshifting, and an optimized oil cooling circuit on circuit. Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission is also available as an option.

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To take full advantage of the performance, the chassis has been stiffened. The Mustang Mach 1 adopts a recalibrated MagneRide adaptive suspension enriched with large diameter anti-roll bars. At the same time, the electric power steering (EPAS) was adjusted and the model with manual transmission is enriched as standard with a limited slip differential, in favor of traction.

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If Ford has officially confirmed the launch of the Mach 1 in Europe in limited series, the French subsidiary has not yet made the decision to market it on its market. Fans of the genre will have to pay a supermalus raised to 40,000 euros next year.

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Elkhart Collection, 240 vehicles dispersed following bankruptcy


The Elkhart collection, named after the city in Indiana where it is stored, is first and foremost the story of a car enthusiast: Najeeb Khan. In the space of a few years, the businessman has accumulated nearly 240 vehicles. On October 23 and 24, his collection will be sold without reserve price by the house RM Sotheby’s following a court decision. Declared personal bankruptcy following the fraudulent bankruptcy of his payroll company, Interlogic Outsourcing Inc., Najeeb Khan must reimburse $ 126 million. According to the American press, its assets, including the car collection, do not exceed $ 98 million. His personal museum is shaking up habits because if Mr. Khan is a connoisseur, there is no doubt, he has no common thread and brings together a motley selection of models. All countries are represented and from all eras, with a preference, however, for models from the 1950s and 1960s. Popular vehicles, mass distribution, sports but also some rarities.

Ferrari 225 S with Vignale body. Darin Schnabel © 2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s / Darin Schnabel © 2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

All cars are in perfect working order. Thus, under a heated hangar taking on the air of a museum, a selection of Citroën – 2CV Sahara, Méhari and DS21 convertible -, and Fiat – 850 Sport coupé and cabriolet from 1970, 500 Topolino from 1947, 500 and 850 Spiaggetta bodied by Ghia, 600 Multipla -, a Volkswagen Type 181 from 1973, Lotus in spades – Elite, Europe, Elan -, a Renault Dauphine Gordini, a Ginetta G4, a Honda S600, an Opel GT, a Sunbeam Hillman Imp Mk1, a Ford Cortina Lotus, a nice Triumph skewer including a rare 1981 TR8, a 1955 Cooper-Jaguar MkII T38 eligible in races like Le Mans Classic but also a few Ferraris including a Testarossa and a 1952 225 S dressed by the bodybuilder Vignale.

Alfa Romeo TZ3 Stradale Zagato from 2010. Darin Schnabel © 2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s / Darin Schnabel © 2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

The collector seems to have a weakness for Italian bodywork. The centerpieces of the collection are one of the fifteen Fiat 8V Supersonic bodied by Ghia and one of the nine Alfa Romeo TZ3 Stradale that the coachbuilder Zagato produced in 2010 on the occasion of the 100 years of the Italian brand on the basis mechanics of the Chrysler Viper. Its elongated silhouette is inspired by that of the TZ2 of 1965. Najeeb Khan was not immune to the charm of racing Jaguars either. Its collection brings together the three iconic models that the Coventry brand has just reissued: Type E Lightweight, XKSS and Type D.

The Jaguar Type E Lightweight on sale belongs to the series of seven re-released vehicles. Darin Schnabel © 2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s / Darin Schnabel © 2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

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Bertone’s batmobiles trilogy up for auction


On October 28 in New York, the house RM Sotheby’s sold, in a single lot, the three extravagant Alfa Romeo BATs inspired by aeronautics.

BAT, which are among the most extravagant creations of 20th century auto bodywork, are estimated at between $ 14 million and $ 20 million.
The BATs, which are among the most extravagant creations of the automobile body of the XX
e century, are estimated at between 14 and 20 million dollars.
Darin Schnabel © 2020 RM Sothebys / Darin Schnabel © 2020 RM Sothebys

It’s a miracle. The three Alfa Romeo BATs, for Berlina Aerodinamica Tecnica, are on the market. They are the stars of a sale organized by the house RM Sotheby’s next Wednesday in New York. The BATs, which are among the most extravagant creations of the automobile body of the XXe century, are estimated at between 14 and 20 million dollars. These three machines bear the signature of a single man: Franco Scaglione. Small and discreet, this Florentine was not intended to work in the automobile. Even less at a bodybuilder. A graduate of an engineering school, he had started his career in aeronautics, but we have to believe that the car fascinated him since, after offering his services to Pininfarina, he joined Bertone. Nuccio Bertone was not going to regret it: Scaglione had ideas and talent. At the beginning of the 1950s, while the French coachbuilders disappeared one by one, the Italian coachbuilding asserted itself. Worn by Pininfarina, Bertone,

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An electric car soon to 10,000 euros?


Based on the low-cost Logan model, the Dacia Spring aims to make the battery-powered vehicle finally accessible to as many people as possible.

The first electric Dacia is a sort of Swiss army knife, capable of adapting to a multitude of uses, in the city as in the countryside.
The first electric Dacia is a sort of Swiss army knife, capable of adapting to a multitude of uses, in the city as in the countryside. Dacia

This is the last territory where Dacia was thought to be able to meet the challenge. From next year, the low-cost brand of Renault will yet, once again, move the lines by marketing its first electric vehicle around 10,000 euros, ecological bonus deducted. A hell of a performance at a time when this technology appears overpriced for most consumers. The Renault Twingo Electric starts at € 21,350; the Zoé at 23,900 €. If Dacia succeeds in breaking the codes and democratizing access to zero-emission vehicles, it is because it relies as much on the experience acquired over fifteen years in the development and production of low-cost vehicles as on the City K-ZE, a small electric crossover that Renault produces and sells in China.

It is this model that will land with us next year under the Dacia Spring signature. Exceeding the Twingo by 13 cm in length (3.73 m) but lowered by 5 cm compared to the queen of cities (1.51 m), the vehicle evolves

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Volvo XC40 P8 Charging, first contact


At the rate of one new model per year, Volvo will have five electric vehicles in 2025. With this zero-emission range, the Swedish manufacturer aims by then to achieve 50% of its volumes and reduce the carbon footprint of the vehicle by 40%. life cycle of its cars. Developed from the XC40 SUV voted Car of the Year in 2018, the first model of this new family arrives at the end of the year on our roads. The closed grille painted in the color of the bodywork and discreet badges are the only elements that distinguish the Recharge P8 AWD version from models with a combustion engine.

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Inside, the differences are just as minimal and only visible when the system is powered on. The new interface was developed with Google. Its operating system running on Android makes it possible to take advantage of Google Assistant voice control, Google Maps and remote updates. Next year, new features will ensure the unlocking and starting of the vehicle via the smartphone, but also the transfer of the digital key to a third party, your spouse or your children.

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At the cost of a few adaptations of the battery placed under the floor, the engineers managed to preserve the livability of the XC40. The loss of 47 liters of trunk capacity (413 liters) is largely offset by the provision of 31 liters of space under the front hood. The latter easily accommodates the two charging cables provided, one of 10 A to connect to a domestic socket and the other for wallbox, unfortunately limited to 16 A (3.7 kW) and requiring nearly 20 hours of charging. To divide this time by three, it will cost 355 euros to access the optional cable to use the maximum power of the onboard charger of 11 kW. Provided a quick charge is found, the Volvo battery accepts a charging power of 150 kW so as to recover up to 80% of its energy in 40 minutes. To encourage the switch to electric, the Swedish manufacturer offers any buyer of an XC40 T8 before December 31, 2020, the charging station, up to a limit of € 1,149 for a single house or € 599 for a joint ownership.

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It is characteristic of an electric vehicle: the XC40 T8 comes to life without a sound. No more vibrations from a diesel and the soundtrack that attacks the eardrums. The best is yet to come. This SUV leaves its location with disconcerting vigor, similar to that of a GT. The acceleration puts you in the seat. 100 km / h is reached in 4.9 seconds; 130 km / h barely three seconds later. On the Mortefontaine circuit, the scene of our test, a small straight line is enough to block the counter at 180 km / h, the top speed of this SUV. A performance for this SUV still weighing nearly 2.2 tons including 500 kg attributable to batteries with a capacity of 78 kWh (75 kWh useful). It must be said that the XC40 T8 claims a power of 408 hp thanks to its two permanent magnet synchronous electric machines of 204 hp (150 kW), one per axle.

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The traction managed by the all-wheel drive is never faulted thanks to a fine distribution of the torque (660 Nm). The lower center of gravity and the firmer sports chassis of the R-Design finish also contribute to the balance of handling. Given the inertia of the whole, we are not sorry to have a very powerful regenerative braking and three positions. The highest allows a rather pleasant driving called “a pedal”. Perfectly completed and free of jerk, this system eliminates the need to apply the brake pedal in many situations, especially in town. It contributes to the safety that Volvo has set to an even higher level than usual.

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The manufacturer, which no longer wants any death or serious injury in its cars, has equipped the XC40 T8 with the ADAS device coupled with a multitude of cameras, radars and sensors and allowing in particular the automatic avoidance of pedestrians or cyclists, in addition to braking emergency. There remains the other thorny subject of the electric vehicle: autonomy. Our brief contact did not allow us to verify it but Volvo announces 418 km in the combined cycle and up to 538 km in the city, according to the WLTP standard. Available as an option (+ € 660), the heat pump helps increase autonomy. Finally, the XC40 T8 Recharge is expensive for its quality services. If it is eligible for the ecological bonus of 3,000 euros, at 59,940 €, it remains by far the most expensive model in this range of SUVs.

Technical sheet

Motors: 2 synchronous electric permanent magnets of 204 hp (cumulative power: 408 hp), 660 Nm of torque.

Transmission: all-wheel, 1-speed auto.

Dimensions (L x W x H): 4,425 x 1,863 x 1,652 mm

Weight: 2,150 kg

Consumption: nc

Range: 418 km

Speed: 180 km / h

Price: 59 940 €

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Peugeot 3008, a more statutory SUV


Among the latest projects carried out by Gilles Vidal before he packed up his bags for Renault’s design, the facelift of the 3008 has just been unveiled. As this is a vehicle sold which is a phenomenon having already attracted more than 800,000 motorists since its launch at the end of 2016 and which ensures comfortable margins thanks to the high mix of superior finishes, Peugeot has limited risk-taking. The Sochaux builder has above all been keen to strengthen its personality through a style that continues to flourish and to enrich its technological content.

This is how the 3008 adopts the latest stylistic changes that appeared on the recent 508 and 2008. Now frameless, the grille is extended in the form of fins to the redesigned optics. These are crossed by a vertical light ring that has the effect of a scar. Glossy black side scoops complete the shield. Result: the 3008 adopts an even more carnivorous look.

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This is even truer with the GT and GT Pack versions which receive full LED headlamps benefiting from the cornering light function (EVS) which optimizes visibility up to 90 km / h. Guaranteed effect also for those who will follow the new 3008: the light signature of the rear lights adopts a 3D effect, the indicators are scrolling and the optics are covered with a transparent smoked glass. From the top-of-the-range GT and GT Pack finishes, Peugeot offers the even more aggressive “Black Pack” version as an option. It can be recognized by its black grille, front fender trims and shiny black rear fascia strip, satin black roof bars, black door sills and 19-inch varnished black rims.

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On board, we find the i-Cockpit dear to Peugeot, but its definition has been redesigned in favor of enhanced refinement. The improvements center around the adoption of a better-quality instrument cluster, a 10-inch multimedia display and more opulent trim. The GT and GT Pack versions have a choice of red nappa leather or mixed textile / suede upholstery with the most beautiful effect. Together with the dark lime wood decor, this creates a very tasteful ambience. In addition, the combustion engine versions equipped with the automatic transmission now have access to the driving mode selector (Normal, Sport and Eco). The 3008 takes advantage of its facelift to enrich its technological content, with, in particular, driving aids allowing level 2 autonomous driving and the night vision system making it possible to detect the presence of pedestrians and animals on the road in the dark. pavement. Simplified, the structure of the range now revolves around three finishes, Active, Allure and GT, completed for each of them with an intermediate Pack version.

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The engine offer includes two petrol versions, the 130 hp 1.2-liter turbo 3-cylinder available as an 8-speed manual or automatic transmission and the 180 hp 1.6-liter 4-cylinder turbo, as well as a single diesel model, the 1.5 liter BlueHDi 130, available with both transmissions. Two plug-in hybrid versions complete the range: 225 or 300 hp. The first combines the 180 hp 1.6-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine with a 110 hp electric motor coupled to the 8-speed automatic gearbox. The second adds a second 112 hp electric motor on the rear axle. This is how the Hybrid 4 version has four-wheel drive. The latter is also available in electric mode. The 225 hp version claims a standardized consumption of 1.3 l / 100 km, or CO emissions2 of 30 g / km. The 300 hp version is approved at 1.2 km / h, which corresponds to CO emissions2 of 29 g / km.

Still produced in the Sochaux plant, the new 3008 will be marketed at the end of 2020. As for the 5008, it should in turn be equipped with the changes made to the 3008.

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The electric vehicle under conditions


NEWS – The French are not against the battery car but make its purchase subject to a few requirements.

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We only talk about her. The electric car is on everyone’s lips. While the French government has given its development a financial boost by raising the amount of the premium to accelerate the ecological transition, consumers seem, in a large majority, ready to take the plunge. According to a study Accelerating the Evolution commissioned by the company Castrol and carried out among a panel of consumers, fleet managers and leaders of the automotive industry, French motorists are ready to buy a battery vehicle by 2024 , on average. The evolution of technologies and the development of the fleet of charging stations would encourage them to convert to electricity. More than half (56%) of fleet managers indicate, for their part, that they expect their competitors to take the plunge to do the same.

The study reveals that the purchase of an electric vehicle is conditioned on three factors: price, charging time and range. For 75% of French consumers, the electric car is still too expensive. This perception is distorted by the fact that many of them are unaware that the cost of maintaining and operating these vehicles is much lower than that of a thermal engine vehicle. Around 27% according to the latest studies. The fact remains that the price of an electric vehicle should not exceed 28,000 euros for French consumers to adopt the zero-emission car. This is 4,000 euros less than the world average.

Second factor that may explain the reluctance of French consumers: the duration of the recharge. The majority of those questioned still find it too long. The average time should not exceed 27 minutes to encourage as many people as possible to drive electric. For the moment, we are far from the mark. The number of fast terminals is not yet very developed.

Finally, and this is the third brake on the widespread adoption of electric vehicles: the fear of breakdown. These models indeed suffer from limited autonomy. For motorists to take the plunge, vehicles would need to be able to travel from Paris to Lyon with a single charge. This is far from being the case today. Above 100-110 km, the consumption of an electric vehicle becomes almost exponential.

It is clear that today on the market, no electric vehicle meets these three conditions – an average price of € 28,000, a recharge time of 27 minutes and a range of 465 km. The Renault Zoe comes close to it but its city car architecture does not satisfy all uses. For the three conditions conditioning the mass adoption of electric vehicles to be met, we will certainly have to wait for a technological breakthrough.

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