MIT Technology Review offers the exciting view from Paris.
As the doors open at the Paris Motor Show, one thing is being made abundantly clear about the future of the automobile: it’s electric.
It’s been widely reported that many automakers are starting to skip big car shows. Ford, Volvo, Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin, and Lamborghini are among the manufacturers who, Bloomberg claims, would rather skip the French spectacle and spread word of new cars on social media or at more exclusive events.
But for those that are in Paris, it’s clearly tres chic to be showing off an electric car.
Perhaps the most notable announcements are of the cars that regular people will buy. Renault, for instance, has unveiled its new electric car, called Zoe. It’s claimed to have a range of an impressive 250 miles—about the same as a Tesla Model S. Unlike the Tesla, however, it will cost around $30,000 when it goes on sale later this year in Europe. That pits it against both the Chevrolet Bolt, due later this year for $37,500, and the Tesla Model 3, due next year for $35,000.