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France Pushes Forward on EV Charging Network Plans

France now counts about 6,000 charging stations for electric vehicles and plans to increase that to 8,000 points by the end of the year.

Published: 29-May-2013

France’s government would prefer that municipalities take the lead in developing electric-car charging stations, Industry Minister Arnaud Montebourg said.

A national operator could “intervene” should locally backed charging networks be slow to develop, “but it would best for it to intervene eventually, not now,” Montebourg said today at a conference in Paris of French mayors.

France, responding to public concern about rising fuel prices and climate change, already backs the segment, offering drivers a rebate of 7,000 euros ($9,000) on the purchase of a battery-powered vehicle and 4,000 euros for a hybrid electric-gasoline model. The global market for electric cars is dominated by Renault SA (RNO), based in the Paris suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt, and Japanese partner Nissan Motor Co. (7201)

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