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French love of electric cars could get new spark

New legislation that won a key vote this week aims to double the number of car charging stations in France, which is already the largest buyer of electric vehicles in Europe.

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France’s love for the electric car may get some more voltage.

Lawmakers in the Senate unanimously approved on Tuesday a bill that would give local governments a bit of a tax break for constructing charging stations on public property. The states goal here is to double the number of stations to 16,000 before the end of 2015, French news site Challenges reported.

“This little text will have a big impact,” said Socialist Senator Jean-Jacques Filleul. “The proposed measure is simple, technically and politically, but it will have big consequences.”

One of the most frequent concerns about electric cars is the limit on their battery life and the question of finding charging stations while out and about. The problem is particularly acute in France, which has seen a boom in electric car buying, driven in part by hefty government incentives.
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