The automaker has reached an agreement with SyDEV, which operates the electric utilities in the coastal Vendee region about 250 miles southwest of Paris. Renault and SyDEV will work together on deploying 350 publicly accessible electric-vehicle charging stations across 191 towns between 2014 and 2016. The region, located near the Atlantic Ocean, is home to about 600,000 people.
Renault and sister company Nissan have been leading the OEM charge for EV adoption but so far are falling short of their goals. While Nissan Leaf sales have jumped in the US this year, Renault, according to a recent tally by Automotive News Europe, has sold about 25,000 EVs, mostly Twizy and Kangoo models. Renault-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn famously set a goal of selling a combined 1.5 million EVs by 2016.
Meanwhile, the French Minister of Industrial Renewal Amaud Montebourg proclaimed last September that the country would be home to "the electric revolution." France has offered tax credits worth as much as $9,100 for buyers of EVs like the Renault Zoe. Read Renault's press release below.
Renault is supporting the announcement made by the SyDEV (Vendée department association for energy and plant) concerning the plan to deploy 350 charging stations in public areas across 191 municipalities between 2014 and 2016.
This announcement follows the partnership signed by Renault and the SyDEV on April 9, 2013 in which Renault agrees to support local plans to create a network of charging stations by providing technical expertise in electric vehicles and charging infrastructure.
As a mark of support, Renault is presenting the SyDEV with the keys to a ZOE, the first all-electric vehicle, spearheading Renault's Z.E. range.