French plan world-class electric car network
by David Masters
October 17, 2008
France-based car maker, Renault, has teamed up with energy provider EDF, to make electric cars a viable purchase for French people.
Together Renault and EDF plan to develop a large-scale project that will make electric cars an attractive transport solution for consumers.
Plans include a network of recharge points around the country and the release of Renault’s first all electric car models.
The project has received endorsement from the highest level, with French President Sarkozy pledging €400 million towards the development of electric vehicles.
If the strategy proves a success then similar schemes will be rolled out across the world.
UK release of Renault’s electric cars is projected for 2011, with models likely to be based on the popular Megane and Kangoo designs.
EDF is well-versed in electric car use as it owns the world’s largest fleet of electric vehicles.
By teaming up with EDF, Renault hopes to become a market leader in electric vehicle manufacture.
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