Automaker Renault has been awarded a massive contract to supply the French government and its state-owned postal service, La Poste, with up to 15,600 electric vehicles, according to a report in the French newspaper Le Figaro.

Renault nabbed a significant chunk of France's recently announced 25,000-unit electric vehicle purchase order, according to Le Figaro. Yes, we said an order for 25,000 EVs. Renault will supposedly supply 10,000 electric vehicles to La Poste and approximately 5,600 plug-ins to other government-owned agencies. The contract is expected to be officially announced in mid-October after some legal hurdles are overcome, according to a Renault spokeswoman.

Additionally, Le Figaro reports that PSA Peugeot-Citroen will be awarded a contract to supply some 3,900 electric vehicles to government officials in France.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      These seem to be almost all for the Kangoo rather than the Twizy or the Fluence, and will be delivered between 2012 and 2105: http://www.voiture-electrique-populaire.fr/actualites/renault-appel-offre-etat-kangoo-ze-076 There is also a third order in the works: 'Enfin, Bolloré, Mia Electric et Ford pourraient se partager le troisième de 3.000 voitures électriques urbaines.' Which says that 3,000 more will be from Bollore, Mia Electric and Ford. Presumably that includes the Paris Autovelib order for Bollore, which would not seem to leave many for the others if so, as that is supposed to be several thousand. The 25,000 total equates to around 150,000 if adjusted to the population of the US.
        • 3 Years Ago
        It seems to me that the French Government may have actually decreased its commitment to electric vehicles. The initial plan was for a 50,000 order by French Government and quasi Government organisations: http://www.sustainable-mobility.org/news/figure-of-the-week/50000-electric-vehicles-ordered-by-the-french-government.html Not only that, but the plans to produce their electric batteries at a plant in Flins have been put back from 2012-14 due to the French Government stopping support. It is not clear whether this is primarily due to internal politics or budget worries, but the rapid introduction of electric vehicles has been scaled back.
          • 3 Years Ago
          Fernando, Awesome! many thanks!
          • 3 Years Ago
          David, Zoe with 30kWh battery. http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=2824&start=20
        Spec
        • 3 Years Ago
        "The 25,000 total equates to around 150,000 if adjusted to the population of the US." That is amazing. Of course France is probably a big shareholder of Renault. The US should replace our aging gas-guzzler postal vans with EVs of some sort. The Ford Transit connect would be nice. That would save a lot of money on gasoline.
          Spec
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Spec
          Only due to the bankruptcy. And you don't see the US buying 150,000 Volts.
          Andrew Richard Rose
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Spec
          Spec , but surely the US government is a big shareholder in General Motors !
      Spec
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nuclear powered postal vans! Now that kicks gas!
        EVSUPERHERO
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spec
        France you are the bomb! But not nuclear bomb, just the bomb for going in on EV's, big time, to utilize all that nuke power.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      Freedom fries! bunch of surrender monkeys. let's invade some more countries. a few more wars will do the trick. RUMSFELD!
      Ziv
      • 3 Years Ago
      But I thought if GM sold Volts to GE, the NYPD or any other fleet it was a sign of the weakness of demand for the Volt? So GM has built 10,000 (or rather, painted and assigned VIN's to 10,000 Volts built over the past year that will all be delivered within the next month or so, whether to a buyer, a leaser, a fleet or a GM dealer) and GM has been called a failure in the works. And these Renaults aren't going to businesses but to, gasp, the government! OK, I am being a jerk, but I am just saying that any sales of BEV's or EREV's are a good thing as long as the builders don't soak the buyers too badly. Every Volt built at an MSRP of $39,200 or $43,600 is building the economies of scale for better packs and better electric intent parts. Even a Twizy is a good thing, though I wouldn't want to be caught dead in one of them.
      Spec
      • 3 Years Ago
      But beyond just buying domestically manufactured cars, by doing this deal France is ensuring that they will buy DOMESTICALLY FUELED cars. France has many nuclear power plants and those nuclear power plants have a massive amount of excess generating capacity at night. Instead of importing expensive foreign oil from countries that don't like them, France will fuel these cars with already existing excess power generation capacity. That is a big forward-thinking move. But it is hard to do such forward thinking moves in the USA because you are deemed a socialist, an anti-free trade person, etc. For some unknown reason, you are more of a 'patriot' in the USA if you drive your Japanese SUV powered with foreign oil as long as it has a Chinese "remember the troops" sticker on it.
      Marco Polo
      • 3 Years Ago
      As Spec quite rightly points out, the Government of France is a shareholder in Renault. More importantly, the French government actively supports French industry in competition with other countries. France's economy maybe be very apprehensive of the problems associated with the meltdown in Southern Europe, but France is working hard to buttress its industries. It's clear that the Carlos Ghosn won his battle with the French Ministry, and the government will stand behind his EV battery plan. but, for all those who are cheering for the Leaf, Renault, should remember that neither Japan, nor France plays by the rules. So why should the US? The Jeep was a creation of the US government sponsoring automotive technology, and the US should do the same again with US industry by putting it's vast purchasing power behind US manufacturers.
        throwback
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Marco Polo
        The US government only buys cars from US manufacturers. Including hybrids.
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Marco Polo
        oh yeah USA is a real team player of high ethical standards.. it's not like they'd use the NSA to spy on negotiations such that Boeing gets a contract instead of Airbus
        EVSUPERHERO
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Marco Polo
        Our government is constantly stimulating demand for GM vehicles. Remember the 100,000 dollar tax breaks for Hummers. Then to continue to be helpful to GM the Bush administration jumped in to help sue CARB to repeal the mandate for EV's and implement the bait and switch to the hydrogen tech that is always just around the corner. GM has always successfully repealed attempts for better MPG's for CAFE and the government has allowed it because GM says jobs will be lost as well as sales, vehicles will become to expensive and so on... The US government has always been complicit in making things great for GM. They may have not always given dollars to GM and the other American car corps but caving in to them has made them much more profitable all these years and caving into them ironically contributed to their demise in 2008. Bush made things easy for them for to sell Hummers, in return he ended up having to bale them out.
        lne937s
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Marco Polo
        The US government is a shareholder in GM, holds a much larger share of the company than the French government does in Renault, and supports its industry in competition with other countries. Remember the bailout. If you look at our government fleets, you will find a much larger percentage of domestic origin brands than in the general car fleet... The idea that other countries aren't playing fair is outdated, stop using it as an excuse. US-origin automakers need to make globally-relevant vehicles if they want to compete in other markets and stop making excuses.
          Marco Polo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @lne937s
          The US government is an 'accidental shareholder' in GM. The sort of commercial advantages enjoyed by many other countries government/industry relationships simply don't exist in the US. "The Idea that other countries aren't playing fair is outdated" Great, I hadn't realised that the Peoples Republic of China, had floated it's currency, ceased stealing IP, stopped government supported price dumping, paid its workers properly, extended human rights, instituted health and safety regulations, complied with international standard of pollution, commercial law, etc.. Shall I continue with the rest of the list?
      Guillaume Séguin
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just to make it clear, France may sound communist, the market of government cars are open ans transparent, there are many Ford models (Fiesta, Mondeo wagon, Transit won the whole lot about 10 years ago, even with the goverment bonded with Renault), the police has had Impreza WRX for motorways and some of these EVs are actually Ford too. Renault won most of these 'car lots' because they gave a better bid and that's it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Guillaume Séguin
        I find those comments on the relation of the French Government somewhat partial. All Governments do it, and perhaps none more so than that of the US. Off the top of my head, in addition to bailing out both GM and Crystler, the US Government 'co-incidentally' set the size for maximum EV battery subsidy at exactly the size GM had chosen for its batteries, allowed light trucks which for many years the US companies had an advantage in a free pass on CAFE and forbids personal imports of cars. I may have got some of the detail of the precise legislation incorrect, as after all I am not American so my interest is limited, but in general I think Americans can rest assured that their Government tries as hard as any to load the terms of trade.
        Marco Polo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Guillaume Séguin
        Not really, the problem begins when governments underwrite the capital of corporations. This gives the corporation a great financial advantage. France is forced by treaty and EU obligations to participate in a display of free trade. But, in thousands of covert and subtle methods the French Government works hard to ensure the success of French industry. Don't get me wrong! I admire the Government of France for actively protecting it's national interests. The PRC does exactly the same. But to pretend there's a level play field is absurd.
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