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Europe/Korea: Renault Samsung plans Korea’s first mass-produced electric car

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Renault Samsung plans Korea’s first mass-produced electric car
2011-12-30 20:29

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Renault Samsung, the local affiliate of French automaker Renault SA, said it plans to introduce the all-electric SM3 to the public in 2013 in what is to become the country’s first mass production of zero-emission cars, CEO Francois Provost said.

“We have plans to mass produce EV cars out of our Busan plant, we will confirm the details at the beginning of next year,” Provost recently told The Korea Herald.

Renault Samsung Motors CEO Francois Provost

“For Renault Samsung, (the emergence of electric cars) is a big opportunity because the Korean market is very well-adapted to the application needs. Most of the drivers are compatible with battery technologies, it’s an advanced country, and it has the key industrial players involved in battery technologies,” the CEO said.

The company recently unveiled plans to launch 500 pilot EV cars by December 2012 after it was chosen as one of two carmakers to receive tax breaks for the production of zero-emission cars.

Dubbed the “quick-drop battery exchange system,” the electric SM3 will travel up to 160 kilometers on a 250 kg lithium-ion battery that can be replaced through a fully automated battery station in less than 90 seconds.


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