Just Say 'Non' to Range Anxiety
French government dedicates billions to an EV-charging infrastructure
Aside from the ongoing development to create the charging network, the government is also requiring charging stations for upcoming residential and commercial real-estate projects: New apartment complexes with parking lots will be required to outfit charging stations starting in 2012; commercial developers will face the same requirement for office parking lots beginning in 2015.
Part of the government spending is also going toward battery manufacturing (Renault SA and Peugeot-Citroen being major beneficiaries of the largesse), thanks to a "strategic investing fund," but the real news, to us, is the charging stations. Juicing up your battery while you sleep is one thing -- people are quite used managing the charge on their mobile electronics at this point, so doing the same for a car battery is no different. The problem is that a dead cell phone during your day is an inconvenience; a dead battery in an EV is a potential emergency. Only widely available charging stations will truly push EVs into the mainstream consciousness as a viable transportation option. France is moving ever closer to that reality.
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