It looks like France is getting really serious about curbing emissions and supporting electric cars by building a network of charging stations throughout the country.
The government will make the installation of charging sockets obligatory in office parking lots by 2015, and new apartment blocks with parking lots will have to include charging stations starting in 2012.
A group of public and private fleet operators has already identified a need to purchase 50,000 electric vehicles through 2015, Environment Minister Jean-Louis Borloo told a press conference, and the government reckons that by pooling purchasing there is potential to reach a fleet of 100,000 vehicles by that date.
The plan involves setting up a battery manufacturing factory at a Renault SA facility at Flins, west of Paris, at a cost of â‚¬625 million, of which â‚¬125 million will be contributed by the French state’s strategic investment fund.
The plant will have an annual production capacity of 100,000 batteries and will supply other French electric vehicle manufacturers, including PSA Peugeot-Citroen.