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