Renault-Nissan Alliance is installing 90 new charge spots for electric vehicles in and around Paris for the COP21 global summit on climate change in Paris.
The installation is being undertaken in partnership with French energy provider EDF, Schneider Electric, Aéroports de Paris, Paris City Council and SNCF, France’s national railway.
The charging stations, several of which will be donated by Schneider Electric, will refuel 200 EVs serving as VIP shuttles for negotiators, delegates and media attending the conference.
More than 20,000 UN participants from 195 countries are expected to attend the 21st annual Conference of Parties known as COP21 – from 30 November to 11 December.
“COP21 is a call to action to reduce the impact of climate change – including global warming resulting from personal transportation,” said Renault-Nissan chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn.
“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 quick and standard EV charging stations will use renewable and low-carbon electricity from EDF, enabling the Renault-Nissan fleet to cover more than 400,000 km in two weeks.
The quick charging stations will recharge EVs from 0% to 80% capacity in about 30min.
EVs consume any form of electricity used in the power grid, including hydropower, solar and wind energy.