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Carmakers to Accelerate Public Charger Installation in France

The Nissan Renault Alliance will give away close to 1,000 fast chargers costing around 5,000 euros ($6,300) each, mostly in France.

Published: 14-Jun-2012

Automaker Renault, frustrated by the speed at which electric car chargers are being installed across France, is to fund some of the missing infrastructure itself.

A century after French tiremaker Michelin issued road signs to help early motorists find their way, Renault and Japanese affiliate Nissan are preparing to hand out charging stations for installation in public spaces.

"It is not our job to install chargers, but somebody has to kickstart the market," Thierry Koskas, head of Renault's electric vehicle program, told Reuters. "This cannot be a long-term policy."

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