- May 3, 2010
French government announces plans to order 50,000 electric vehicles, offers incentives to buyers
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!