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05/10/2011 | Rennes, October 5, 2011

The Greater Rennes Area Inaugurates a Network of Public Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles

On 5 October 2011, the Greater Rennes Area unveiled the first step in its plan to create a network of charging stations for electric vehicles. The newly inaugurated infrastructure includes two fast stations, each with a fast-charge and a slow-charge point, and five slow stations, each with two points, for a total of 14 possible hook-ups. In 2010, Greater Rennes signed France’s national charter on the deployment of charging stations for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, as well as a partnership agreement with the Brittany region and PSA Peugeot Citroën to test new uses for electric vehicles.

Network’s purpose
Maintaining and developing a local automobile industry is crucial for Greater Rennes’ economy, as well as for Brittany as a whole. To support the industry’s changing profile, the Greater Rennes Area has committed to a regional partnership called Brittany Green Vehicle, which is designed to make the urban community a pioneer in carbon-free mobility in Brittany.

 As part of this approach, Greater Rennes wants to encourage the development of EV use and has launched an action plan covering several key areas.

On 14 June 2011, the urban community signed off on a plan in partnership with the Brittany region and PSA Peugeot Citroën to test innovative uses for electric vehicles. The partners’ goal is to determine the conditions under which EVs are feasible and economically viable so that different types of use can be developed and sustained over the long term. The experiments reflect one of the paradoxes of electric vehicles, which is that although EVs have a limited driving range, they need to clock up a high number of kilometres to be as cost-effective as conventional automobiles. One solution is to have many users for a single vehicle. For this reason, the tests all share the concept of car sharing in its various forms.
The plan also includes an analysis of charging stations.

Initial testing of electric vehicle uses
Along with inaugurating the network of public charging stations, the Greater Rennes Area, the Brittany region and PSA Peugeot Citroën have launched the first practical test of EV uses in an experiment led by car-sharing operator CityRoul'. A natural partner to local communities and PSA Peugeot Citroën, CityRoul’ is managing a car-sharing programme for the general public. It has added the Citroën C-ZERO and Peugeot iOn electric vehicles to its fleet. With a line-up of EVs and conventional automobiles, CityRoul’ hopes to optimise service quality and cost by offering different powertrains for different uses.

Press Contacts :

Rennes Métropole – Vincent Le Berre – 02 99 86 62 75
Région Bretagne – Odile Bruley – 02 99 27 13 55
PSA Peugeot Citroën – Laure de Servigny – 01 40 66 42 00
CityRoul’- Marie Taupin – 02 99 67 01 38

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