French government to buy 50,000 electric cars

April 13th, 2010 - 9:40 pm ICT by IANS  

Paris, April 13 (DPA) In a move to support the construction and use of electric-powered automobiles, the French government is planning to purchase some 50,000 of the vehicles, Environment Minister Jean-Louis Borloo said Tuesday in Paris.
A tender to provide the cars to a group of 20 at least partly state-owned companies is to be prepared in the near future. These companies include Air France, energy supplier EDF, and the state-owned rail network SNCF.

In addition, Paris will offer a bonus of 5,000 euros ($6,800) to all private individuals who purchase an electric automobile by the year 2012.

Borloo also said that 12 French cities and urban centres have committed themselves to establishing a network of recharing stations. Motorway rest stops and supermarket park places will be obliged to provide facilities to recharge electric-car batteries, he said.

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