• May 3rd 2010 at 6:11PM
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Several countries have already announced major plans to put electric vehicles on the road soon. Most of the deals we've heard about start with the government agreeing to buy (X) amount of electric vehicles (EVs) as a sign of support and belief in the battery-powered technology. Then some incentives are rolled out to sweeten the deal for potential buyers, followed by talk of an infrastructure to support the charging needs of the EV. Well, France is certainly following the plan, but has taken it to the extreme.

The French government has committed to purchasing 50,000 electric vehicles for fleet use, way more than we have come to expect. The government has assembled a group of 20 corporations, utility companies and other large fleet owners to purchase all those EVs, most of which will come fomer Renault and Peugeot-Citroen.

Moving on to incentives, how does 5,000 euros (about $6,622 at today's exchange rate) sound? Called the super-bonus, this is the incentive that is available until 2012 and the government claims the incentive will eliminate any price difference between conventional and electric cars. Last but not least, the government will fund pilot projects to get the infrastructure up and running. Most of this is pretty standard stuff, but 50,000 EVs? Really? Thanks to Kenny for the tip!

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Nuclear powered vans.

      What will they use 50,000 EVs for? They must be changing their post office to EVs I guess. Pretty smart. That will save on gasoline costs.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I guess postvans yes and also local/council fleets which don't get far everyday and would do with EV, I'm sure they have a lot of these and 50.000 wouldn't be that hard to reach.
        The really cool part is that they'll be actually 80% nuclear powered so makes France even less dependant on oil imports...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yep, 'La Poste' is the leader of the consortium.
        Here is their plan from 2008:

        This is an integrated approach which will cover electric bikes and motorbikes as well as the 51,000 vans.

        ' Economy driving learning : 60000 postman will be
        educated in 2 years : goal : To win 5% of
        10000 Electric cars in 2012
        12000 Electrics bikes in 2012
        3000 small electric car : E-quad (45 Km/H) in 2012
        4000 three electrics wheels in 2012.'

        'The price of fuel will be under 1.5, 1.7 euro/liter.
        Price of batteries will decreased to 350 euro/ KWh
        Life of the batteries will be more than 8 years in
        delivery using.
        One thermic car (fuel, GNV, LGP) = 4 tonnes of
        One electric car = 1 tonne of CO2/year'
      • 5 Years Ago
      Excellent. Good for France/Europe. Wish I could say the same for the leadership on this side of the pond.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hey, give Obama credit. He's promised the government will buy the first 100 PHEVs made in the US...

        "President Obama announced today that the U.S. government has purchased 5,000-plus hybrid vehicles, more than doubling the number in the federal fleet, and he stated that the government will purchase the first 100 plug-in electric vehicles to roll off American assembly lines."


        Then there's the tens of BILLIONS of dollars the US is investing in batteries, infrastructure, and manufacturing of EVs...

        "The nearly $790 billion economic stimulus legislation contains tens of billions of dollars in loans, grants, and tax incentives for advanced battery research and manufacturing, as well as incentives for plug-in hybrids and improvements to the electrical grid, which could help create a market for these batteries."


        I think the US is certainly in the vanguard of EV promotion. Kudos to the French and all, but the US is not lacking leadership in the field.
        • 5 Years Ago
        no kidding. If you figure that the US has about 10 times as many cars on the road as the French, and scale French spending up, then we would be looking at 10 million chargers and 500,000 fleet EV's... it would be an improvement just to reach the numbers the French have, much less scaled up to our market.

        Our government's investment in new technology is falling behind if you don't count millitary-related spending. We end up spending far more to prop up failed businesses than we do to promote future success.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That information is almost a month old, and only reflects their initial purchase agreement. Europe is serious about EV adoption. Take a look at some of the partnerships:


      Also,specific to France:


      "Under the plan, a million battery-charging points will be built by 2015, 90 percent of them in private homes but also in car parks and at roadside sites."
      • 5 Years Ago

      1) You forgot the S at vehicle in the title.
      2) In the 2nd paragraph: fomr --> from.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I assume we will be just as indignant in the future, when they'll want to participate in our oil wars even less.
      • 5 Years Ago
      France can crank up their nuclear power plants to supply their EVs, something the US can't do thanks to our brilliant politicians. We will now have to burn coal and methane to produce the extra power required. Thanks, congress.
        • 5 Years Ago
        EDF run their nuclear plants at around 70% of capacity, as against 90% in the States, so they can pretty much power the entire light vehicle fleet from spare power in hand.
        Of course in reality not everyone will want to charge off peak, but this can be accommodated as the nuclear fleet is gradually upgraded anyway, with new reactor designs being much bigger than the old.
        The French need only relatively minor alterations to go all-electric save for heavy transport, whereas everyone else are 30 years behind.
        • 5 Years Ago
        But think what an electric car *displaces*. USA burns less gasoline, and additionally burns less coal and methane to power the energy-intensive business of refining and delivering that gasoline.

        It's a shame an energy/climate change bill can't get out of the Senate. The last one wasn't very good, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_Policy_Act_of_2005

        * $4.3 billion for nuclear power
        * $2.8 billion for fossil fuel production WTF!!?
        * $2.7 billion to extend the renewable electricity production credit
        * $1.6 billion in tax incentives for investments in "clean" coal facilities
        * $1.3 billion for conservation and energy efficiency
        * $1.3 billion for alternative motor vehicles and fuels (bioethanol, biomethane, liquified natural gas, propane)
        * $500 million Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREBS) for government agencies for renewable energy projects.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow that is amazing. So cool, everyone should be doing this.

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