France Pushes Forward on EV Charging Network Plans
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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