France EV Goal: 50% Of Government Vehicle Purchases To Be Plug-In Electric Starting In 2016

AUG 10 2014 BY MARK KANE 5

Aerodynamics Are Key to EV Efficiency, Says Renault

Renault ZOE

According to French media, France has new plan to have at least 50% of all cars purchased for government fleets to be all-electric or plug-in hybrids from 2016 on.

In 2013, alternative fuel cars reached 25% share in French government fleets – 1,271 cars from 5,042.  However, most of them were ordinary hybrids, such as the uninspiring Toyota Yaris (925).

Plug-in EVs amounted to just 308, from which 58% were Renault ZOE and 26% Renault Kangoo Z.E.

When the new law comes into force, besides the higher limit (50%) there will be exclusion of HEVs. This mean that at average orders of 5,000 cars a year, 2,500 should be all-electric or plug-in hybrids.

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5 Comments on "France EV Goal: 50% Of Government Vehicle Purchases To Be Plug-In Electric Starting In 2016"

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That is really a good idea for them.
1) Renault (French Automaker) has a wide variety of EVs they can buy. Support the local automaker.
2) They have a massive amount of excess power available at night due to their nuclear plants which can’t really be throttled very well.
3) This will reduce the amount of money that pours out of the country to pay for oil.

We should really do this too.

+1 Ambitious goal for France. I hope they are successful 🙂

I just wish the Australian government had the level of Intelligence to do the same as France.

They have seen the results on the building. I was amazed in a recent visit to Paris the effort and number of buildings being cleaned.
“In recent years, the city of Paris has made a concerted and successful effort to clean up its buildings, particularly major monuments. In the olden days, just about every building in the city was a mass of soot and grime; there was no requirement for building owners to clean their facades, and in typically French style, none of them ever felt any obligation to do so on their own initiatives. This changed when the city finally enacted ordinances requiring that facades be cleaned at least once per decade. The city practices what it preaches, too, by cleaning its own buildings. The national government chips in to clean the facades of national monuments.” Via:

True. One of the big drawbacks of Nuclear power, coupled with one the main features of ev’s.
I think once the bottom lines of how much money governments, agencies, fleets are saving by going electric it will become more and more common.

There is not a technical problem with cycling new nuclear plants, and it is possible to get around the issue with the older ones in France.

Once built the cost of turning out energy is so marginal though that it makes sense to keep them on all the time if any use at all can be found for the energy.

Existing nuclear plants in the US were not built for cycling, which since they only provide around 19% of US electricity doesn’t matter too much as they can operate as baseload.

All the nuclear plants now being built including in the US can cycle up and down rapidly.