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New Electrics Are Stars of Paris Auto Show

Tuesday Oct 2, 2018
President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. Stephan Winkelmann gestures as he speaks next to a 5 million euro (5.8 $) Bugatti Divo during a media presentation on the eve of Paris Auto Show in Paris, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018
President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. Stephan Winkelmann gestures as he speaks next to a 5 million euro (5.8 $) Bugatti Divo during a media presentation on the eve of Paris Auto Show in Paris, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018  (Source:AP Photo/Michel Euler)

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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