Published on June 26th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan1
Renault Delivering Free Electric Vehicle Chargers in France
June 26th, 2012 by Zachary Shahan
French car company Renault isn’t happy with the slow pace of electric vehicle charger deployment in France, so it’s taken matters into its own hands… it is installing electric vehicle chargers around the country that are free to use.
“A century after French tiremaker Michelin issued road signs to help early motorists find their way, Renault and Japanese affiliate Nissan are preparing to hand out charging stations for installation in public spaces,” Laurence Frost and Gilles Guillaume of Reuters write.
“It is not our job to install chargers, but somebody has to kickstart the market,” Thierry Koskas, head of Renault’s electric vehicle program, told Reuters. “This cannot be a long-term policy.”
Right now, the plan is for the company to install 1,000 fast chargers, at a price of about €5,000 ($6,300) each. Most of the chargers will be in France, but some will be in other countries.
“The freebies will go to car parks, supermarkets and other high-visibility public spaces under private ownership.”
For more, check out: Renault backs electric cars with free chargers.