Renault-Nissan Alliance to install new EV charging stations in Paris
Renault-Nissan Alliance, along with partners, is installing new charge spots for electric vehicles (EV) throughout Paris, France just in time for the COP21 global summit on climate change.
Through a partnership with EDF, Schneider Electric, Aéroports de Paris, Paris City Council and SNCF, Renault-Nissan will install close to 90 charge spots that use renewable and low-carbon electricity from EDF.
The clean electricity will be generated from hydropower, solar and wind energy.
Most of the charging stations will come from Schneider Electric.
Around 200 EVs serving as VIP shuttles for negotiators, delegates and media attending the conference will be refueled at the charging stations.
The quick charging stations are claimed to recharge EVs from 0 to 80% capacity in about 30 minutes.
Renault-Nissan chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn said: "COP21 is a call to action to reduce the impact of climate change--including global warming resulting from personal transportation.
"Electric vehicles are the only existing, practical and affordable transportation solution to our planet's environmental challenges - and they are available today. Expanding the EV infrastructure is mandatory for any city or state that's serious about environmental stewardship."
The French power grid distributes electricity with a very low average of CO2 emissions per kWh: less than 40g in 2014, compared to the European average of 325g of CO2 emissions per kWh.
Most of the conveniently located quick chargers will be available for the public after COP21.
Image: The quick charging stations are claimed to recharge EVs from 0 to 80% capacity in about 30 minutes. Photo: courtesy of Serge Bertasius Photography / FreeDigitalPhotos.net.