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The expected flurry of announcements signals a threat to pioneers of the current generation of battery-powered cars, such as Tesla and Renault-Nissan, who will now have to work harder to defend their lead.
Volkswagen is leading the charge, keen to turn a page after its exposure last year as an emissions test cheat. The German carmaker pledged in June to achieve annual sales of 2 million to 3 million electric cars by 2025.
As if to underline growing hostility towards combustion engines in congestion-clogged cities, the French capital held its biggest ever “Car-Free Day” last Sunday.
Lawmakers voted the following day to pedestrianise the Seine’s right bank, permanently closing a major traffic artery.