New electrics are stars of Paris auto show

The European Union and China are pushing for more electric and hybrid vehicles to reduce greenhouse gases and pollution that harms people’s health

2 October 2018 | 12:04

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 2 October 2018 | 12:04

Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, speaks at a media preview at the Auto show in Paris, France, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, 2018. (AP Photo)

PARIS: All-electric vehicles with zero local emissions are among the stars of the Paris Motor Show — rubbing shoulders with the fossil-fuel burning SUVs that many car buyers love.

Volkswagen’s Audi and Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz both on Tuesday showed off battery powered SUVs for affluent customers.

Mercedes also had a new, bigger version of its conventionally powered GLE sport-utility, while BMW offers a new version of its X-5 SUV that has been a pillar of sales and earnings.

The model mix at the show underlined the contradictions pulling at the industry. The European Union and China are pushing for more electric and hybrid vehicles to reduce greenhouse gases and pollution that harms people’s health, while consumers like SUVs and remain reluctant to buy electrics due to cost and range limitations.



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