France launches ‘battle of the electric car’

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The money will be used to build infrastructure but also to buy and on subsidies for both makers and of clean vehicles. Under the a million battery-charging points be built by 2015, 90 percent of in private homes but also in car and at roadside sites.

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Paris (AFP) Oct 1, 2009

launched the battle of the electric car as it unveiled plans to invest 1.5 euros on infrastructure for the two million and hybrid cars it wants on the by 2020.

No player can take the alone, but if all the actors take it at the time, that works, Ecology Minister Jean-Louis flanked by top executives from carmakers Renault and PSA Peugeot

The aim is to make the French energy and car a world leader, Borloo reporters as he presented his government’s on helping reduce C02 emissions via cars.

The project covers from industrial research, batteries, producing clean and building a nation-wide network of stations.

The electric car plan just a couple of weeks Borloo said France invest more than billion euros (10 billion to develop freight transport by and reduce road traffic.

The schemes are part of President Sarkozy’s green plan for that aims to reduce gas emissions blamed for global

Sarkozy last month a new carbon tax on businesses and individuals will come into next year to encourage to cut down use of oil, gas and coal.

only a few thousand of the 30 million on French roads are electric or vehicles, so building up that to two million will require investment.

Of the total 1.5 billion (2.2 billion dollars) 900 million euros could from a state loan due to be next year, said

The money will be used to build infrastructure but also to buy and on subsidies for both makers and of clean vehicles.

Under the plan, a million points will be built by 90 percent of them in private but also in car parks and at roadside

From 2012 all new apartment with parking lots have to include charging and the network will grow to a of four million points by the equivalent of two per vehicle.

The state help build up the battery sector by contributing 125 million from its strategic investment to the overall cost of 625 million for a Renault battery plant at near Paris.

The state also give Renault a of up to 150 million euros to build an car factory, also in Flins.

One hundred million euros also be made available for electric carmakers such as or Daimler’s Smart division, said.

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Joint purchases by authorities and major private will see orders for 100,000 vehicles by 2015, according to the

By 2030 the emissions-free vehicle in France is projected to be worth 15 billion euros, representing 27 of the total market, according to the ministry.

Borloo insisted on the of all actors in the sector committing to victory in what he called the of the electric car.

Peugeot-Citroen executive Philippe Varin the same press conference we share the ambitions of the government in of C02.

Renault’s chief operating Patrick Pelata said we are on the wavelength as the government.

The two French presented their solutions for cars — electric or — at the Frankfurt Motor earlier this month.

introduced four electric in Frankfurt that cover the from small urban to vehicles.

The firm believes by 2020 electric cars make up more than 10 of the market and hopes to present its cars by 2011 and have ready for the market the following

Electric vehicles were the of the Frankfurt auto show but predict that cars roll on a variety of power for quite a while.

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