With governments increasingly start to worry about things like pollution and air quality, plus that whole 'price of oil' thing, we've seen more and more declare an end date for the sale of new petrol and diesel cars. So it no surprise that car companies have started setting targets for themselves, with Renault being the latest.
The French car maker has announced that it intends to make sure half of its cars are either electric or hybrid by the year 2022. The plan is to have eight models that are 100 per cent electric, and an additional 12 that are some sort of hybrid. Naturally all the others will be powered by petrol and diesel.
Renault also revealed that it was heavily investing in "robot vehicles", which will start having increasing levels of autonomy going forward. According to Chief executive officer Carlos Ghosn, as regulators start cracking down on emissions and consumers start to want cars that can do more by themselves, the company aims to position itself as a major player in the electric and autonomous vehicle industry.
Renault now joins the likes of Volvo, Aston Martin, and Jaguar, though those three have far stricter targets to achieve (ending all pure fossil fuel car sales within the next decade). Still this is a good thing for electric cars, us, and the environment. Other car makers, please take note. [IBTimes]