• Jan 19th 2010 at 11:57AM
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Renault and five other corporate partners, along with French president Nicolas Sarkozy, signed a letter of intent today for a new electric vehicle test in France. The main intent of the 50-vehicle test will be to demonstrate that battery-powered vehicles charged from renewable sources have a lower overall life cycle CO2 impact than comparable internal combustion vehicles.

The program, which will take place on Reunion Island, also includes the deployment of a charging network to support the test fleet. The network will include both standard 220-volt and 400-volt fast charging stations. All electricity for the program will come from renewable sources, including solar and wind. The test partners include General Electric, Total and the utility EDF, which specializes in renewable electricity. Renault's press release is after the jump

[Source: Renault]


In the presence of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Renault, EDF, GBH (Groupe Bernard Hayot), Total ReĢunion, GE Money and the GERRI agency today signed a letter of intent on the experimentation of 50 electric vehicles in Reunion together with battery charge infrastructure powered mainly by renewable energies.

The letter of intent signed today in Reunion by the six partners mentioned above, under the patronage of Nicolas Sarkozy, marks their commitment to the VERT project (Electric Vehicle for a Technological Reunion), a principal component of the GERRI program (Grenelle Environment Forum in Reunion – Succeeding in Innovation).

The document establishes the framework of an experiment to test electric vehicles and the corresponding charge infrastructures powered by dedicated renewable energy sources (notably photovoltaic). The idea behind the project is to demonstrate that the overall CO2 performance of the electric vehicles in Reunion is superior to that of today's thermal combustion and hybrid vehicles.

The purpose of the VERT program is to test the implementation of a network of charge infrastructures sized in number and charge technique (normal or fast) to meet the mobility needs of a territory with a limited geographical area.

VERT is also an opportunity to test specific electric mobility offers aimed at company or government vehicle fleets and at individual customers.

Lessons learnt from the project could be applied to countries or regions with similar electric systems.
The French Environment and Energy Management Agency, ADEME, will be submitting a file on the VERT project at an upcoming call for expression of interest (EOI).

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      what will happen if there is no sun at a particular recharging station that use solar panels ??? or at each nights ? They will need to back-up these recharging stations with regular grid electricity not powered by water electric stations that use nuclear or coal or natural gas or hydro-electricity. The same for wind, what happen when there is no wind or few wind but lot or cars recharging at the same time. These experiments give nothing because they sell nothing but are doing theoric commercialisation experiments, LOL. Theoric succesful experiments happen when someone sell for cash something to someone else, i call that buying something, is that simple.

      I said to stop any governemental expenditure and let the limp folks sell used gasoline cars repainted with cheap paint, LOL, this is the only alternative from the subsidized car cartel ( exxon, gm, cia, epa, journalists, wall-streets, u.s army, medical business, zone 51 residents and promoters, toyota, shell, nasa, etc. Nobody since 1908 have commercialised any new car technology. Sure there ihave been many new technologies but they never been commercialised because or poor and limp commercialised skills and lack of power.

      Im sick of my regular, limp 4 cylinders gasoline 4 valves per cylinders 5 speeds dodge neon. I was hoping thru this site to find something better and what i found was worst on all count then my neon, LOL, now solar panels to recharge a battery-only car at night , LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL
      • 5 Years Ago
      Such a beautiful car!

      This is a great opportunity to see how well renewables work, a small island is an ideal BEV situation. This is certainly a great reason to take a vacation in the Indian Ocean to see how they implement this.
        • 5 Years Ago
        'Boy! It's tough to get a commitment from the political/industrial.'

        I don't think there is a lack of commitment in France. With Euros 6 billion from the Renault/Nissan group, and 1 billion from the Government, and 500,000 full EV cars planned, this should be regarded as fine tuning, to make a smooth roll out.
        I'm not too keen on the renewables bit, as nuclear power would do the job fine at a fraction of the cost, but that is Sarkozy for you, and in fact for tropical islands renewables are a reasonable way to go.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Boy! It's tough to get a commitment from the political/industrial. In the U.S. we've had a two year delay since Tesla demoed the BEV and now nothing but additional delays while all this infernal testing takes place. Yes! I know testing is necessary; but, many of these companies have already been paid by the DOE to take a chance...I'm ready for the S model today. Let's get on with it! Oils a'wasting.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's such a perfect site that it is going to be difficult or dangerous to draw too many conclusions from the test!
        At 21 degrees south they are not going to have any problems with poor performance due to the cold, and for the same reason it is not difficult to store solar energy overnight - it is the annual variation at higher latitudes that is the problem.
        I volunteer to be a tester!
        I'll take that Fluence and drive it round their island, even though it sounds like a nasty cold.
        That's how unselfish I am!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think its pretty much obvious what the result of this is going to be.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Socialism! Whine whine! Fench Commies want us to drive in underpowered commie-boxes; freedom! mommy!
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