The article reports on France's ambitious new programme to meet its goal of having 100,000 electric cars on its roads within four years. In an agreement signed in April 1995, the French Government, Electricite de France (EdF), and the giant French car manufacturers Renault and PSA, promised that, by 1999, 5% of all vehicles in French cities would be electric. To help reach this target, the signatories agreed that 10% of their own urban vehicle fleets would be electrified by then. They also agreed a system of subsidies, which would keep electric vehicle (EV) prices comparable to those of conventional equivalents, although there will be a lower road tax for EVs. The agreement is addressing battery problems which are still EVs' biggest weakness. Users will be able to rent rather than buy expensive batteries. The signatories helped Saft to set up the world's first factory to mass-produce batteries, thus reduce their cost; it is now producing rechargeable nickel-cadmium batteries. EdF placed up to 11 battery recharging stations free of charge in each of nearly 80 French cities in accessible sites, but subsequent stations must be paid for. Since December 1993, a varied fleet of EVs has been travelling through the streets of La Rochelle. Renault has started to sell three types of EV, and PSA is also strongly committed to EV development.

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    • SACKS, T
  • Publication Date: 1996-1


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  • Pagination: p. 22-5
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 229
    • Issue Number: 1
    • Publisher: Reed Business Information, Limited
    • ISSN: 0013-4384

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  • Accession Number: 00722427
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jun 28 1996 12:00AM