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Published on June 26th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan


Renault Delivering Free Electric Vehicle Chargers in France

June 26th, 2012 by  

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.


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Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.

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