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At the Paris Auto Show, the Electric Future Is Now

  • Automakers broaden electric-car appeal as regulations tighten
  • ‘We are flipping a switch,’ Daimler CEO Zetsche says in Paris
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Volkswagen AG and Mercedes-Benz are leading a sea change in the auto industry’s approach to electric cars, with ambitious plans aimed at ending consumer apathy for battery-powered vehicles.

At the Paris Motor Show, automakers from General Motors Co.’s Opel to Renault SA are trumpeting their latest electric-car offerings. Unlike past years when the focus was on viability, this year’s exhibitions are aimed at creating mass appeal, addressing concerns about range and widening the array of choices.