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France Invests 50 Million Euros in Electro-mobility

PARIS, France, October 8, 2012 (ENS) – A new 50 million euro investment program to support electric vehicles and charging infrastructure was launched Wednesday by French transport, environment, energy and finance officials.

The so-called “Hirtzman Mission” is named after Philippe Hirtzman, an electric transport engineer at the Bercy Economic Ministry who is in charge of overseeing the program.

Hirtzman joined Arnaud Montebourg, Minister of Industrial Renewal; Delphine Batho, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy; and Frédéric Cuvillier, Junior Minister for Transport, on October 3 to announce the new program.

Montebourg said that to support the purchase of zero- and low-emission vehicles, the maximum bonus on electric vehicles will be increased from €5,000 to
€7,000 in 2013 and the bonus for hybrid vehicles will be doubled to €4,000.
Renault Fluence ZE

Renault’s Fluence ZE at the Cannes Film Festival (Photo courtesy Renault)

Corporate and public purchasers also will qualify for the bonus in 2013, and Montebourg said the government will ensure that 25 percent of government vehicles will be electric or hybrid.

Bonuses related to low-emission combustion vehicles will be increased by €100 or 150 as appropriate, the officials said, and these increases will be valid until the end of 2012.

The new funding will cover deployment of charging stations on highways, in parks and in public parking lots such those at supermarkets and shopping centers.

Electric cars will benefit from a “preferential rate” for road tolls and parking, the officials announced.

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