Electricit? de France building electric vehicle infrastructure

Electricit? de France is taking steps to move electric vehicle (EV) technology beyond laboratory research and onto the roadways in France.

Jean Pierre Bourdier, executive vice president, said his company is committed to creating an urban infrastructure for widespread use of EVs. Electricit? de France is installing and managing public recharging facilities for EVs in a dozen pilot programs in France.

A full-scale pilot program is under way in La Rochelle, with 50 city officials leasing EVs from two car manufacturers and recharging the automobiles at their homes, public parking spots and selected service stations for an 18-month test period.