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France Will Pave Roads With 620 Miles Of Solar Panels

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Infrastructure energy infrastructure France youtube renewable energy solarThanks to a steep drop in the price of photovoltaic cells, you're more likely to see solar panels on buildings as you drive along. But what if one day you drove on those solar panels as well?

Electric-car interest in France spikes due to gas shortage

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In France, strikes have brought the oil industry to a standstill, leading to a shortage of fossil fuels and lines at pumps. Europe sales France plug-in cars Car SalesWhen it comes to spurring electric-car sales, it seems a gas shortage is pretty helpful. That's bad news for drivers of gasoline and diesel cars, but good news for carmakers that sell plug-in models. DON'T MISS: In Paris.

France Expands Electric-Car Bonus To Scrap 10-Year-Old Diesel Cars

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emissions incentives France plug-in cars transportation policyThe French government not only grants incentives to buyers of new electric cars, it also encourages the scrapping of older diesel cars. It presently offers a 10,000-euro ($11,370) bonus to drivers who buy a new electric car and also send a 15-year-old diesel car to the scrapper. Soon, even more diesel cars will qualify for this scheme. DON'T MISS.

France makes major biofuels push

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GreenStars is the name of a new micro-algae project in France – that will boast a budget of €160million over 10 years. Biofuels Green cars Latest news algae biofuel biofuels France green carsThe aim of the project will be to develop compounds of interest including high added-value substances with micro-algae (pictured) feeding on nutrients contained in waste and industrial emissions; as well as efficient biofuels. [.].

Imagine Electric-Car Charging Stations Every 25 Miles; France Will Have Them

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That could soon be the case in France, thanks to a massive network expansion by Bollore--the company behind the Autolib electric-car sharing How abundant would electric-car charging stations have to be in order to dispel range anxiety entirely? A network of roads with charging stations every 25 miles would seem adequate, wouldn''t it?

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France To Give Dirtiest-Diesel Drivers $11,500 To Trade For Electric Car

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French drivers have long preferred diesel cars for their good fuel economy, but increased air pollution from diesel exhaust emissions has become a public health concern. That has led French officials to consider measures to curtail the use of diesels, particularly older models built before even rudimentary modern emissions standards were enacted

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Days Numbered For Dirtiest Diesels In Europe; France To Phase Out Diesel Fuel

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For many European cities, diesel exhaust emissions have become a health as well as an environmental problem. So in addition to promoting electric cars or alternative forms of transportation, lawmakers are beginning to crack down on the dirtiest diesels. RELATED: Half Of All Cars Banned From Paris Roads Over Smog; Electric Cars Exempt Next year

Toyota launches new electric car club in France

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Toyota is bringing its new i-Road and COMS electric vehicles to European roads for the first time as part of a new car sharing club based in Grenoble, France.

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Electric cars off to a slow start in France

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It’s been a slow start to life for electric cars in France – with just 406 registrations during February. Electric cars Green cars Latest news Bollore electric cars France green cars Renault FluenceElectric vehicles made up just 0.25 per cent of the market in February – that’s despite the fact that Bollore BlueCars almost doubled its January sales with 290 registrations – representing 71.4 per cent of electric [.].

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France launches biomass to liquids project

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Located in Bure Saudron, 80km east from Nancy in north-eastern France, the pilot will demonstrate a complete biomass-to-liquids production chain: this includes gathering and conditioning of biomass, gasification, gas processing and conversion [.]. Tags: Biofuels Green cars Latest news biomass to liquids biomass to liquids pilot project Bure Saudron France

New study to assess hydrogen economy role in France

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France-a country probably known for its dependence on nuclear power-could benefit from the use of hydrogen fuel and fuel cell systems, to boost the uptake of electric powered car and strengthen the renewable energy sector, according to a new public and industry consortium.

France to withdraw investment in Renault battery plant

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Green cars Latest news Renault Electric cars France Lithium-ion batteries Nissan Renault battery plantIn a significant blow to Renault’s electric vehicle battery programme, the French Strategic Investment Fund has decided to withdraw its plans to invest €125million in the project. According to reports in La Tribune, a €100million public loan will also no longer be granted. Currently,Franceowns a 15 per cent stake in Renault which is investing €4billion, [.].

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Solvay launches rare earth recycling activity in France

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Belgium-based chemical group Solvay has opened two rare earth recycling units in France. The luminescent powders are shipped to the Solvay facilities: to Saint-Fons (Rhône-Alpes, France) first of all, where the rare earth concentrate is extracted and subsequently to La Rochelle (Charente Maritime, France), a plant that features unique expertise in separation technology in Europe.

Electric Citroën e-Mehari open-air utility vehicle now on sale in France

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In 1968, Citroën unveiled a rather curious utility vehicle. Called the Mehari, it featured minimalist bodywork made of ABS plastic, and an air-cooled two-cylinder engine and front-wheel-drive components shared with the Citroën 2CV. It went on to become something of a cult classic, with around 150,000 built before production ended in. Paris Auto Show Citroen PSA/Peugeot-Citroen plug-in cars Paris Motor Show

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France blocks sales of new Mercedes-Benz cars over green air con row

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The air conditioning wars continue this week as it emerges that France is blocking the sale of some of Mercedes-Benz’ key models including the A-Class B-Class and SL Class, over the use of an illegal air coolant.

Report: Nissan to build battery plant in France

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As car manufacturers bid to gain an advantage in the green car race, Nissan Motor Company is reportedly ready to build a joint venture lithium-ion battery plant in France. Tags: Green cars Latest news Lithium-ion batteries Nissan Renault Automotive Energy Supply Corporation France lithium-ion battery plant NEC According to reports in The Nikkei , the plant would be built in 2012 to supply Renault.

Pre-1997 cars forbidden in central Paris to cut emissions

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Europe Paris emissions France transportation policyA fairly direct way to eliminate air pollution from car exhaust emissions is to simply get rid of the cars themselves. Next month, Paris officials will attempt to do just that. Beginning July 1, all cars registered before 1997 will be banned from the city center on weekdays. DON'T MISS: In Paris, cars compete with other transit modes (and often.

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Will France Lead Europe In Electric-Car Industry?

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Which international carmaker currently has the largest range of electric vehicles? The answer is Renault. The French automaker has a significant EV portfolio--and as the French government puts greater emphasis on EVs, it may soon be joined by other carmakers too. Indeed, between electric cars, investment in infrastructure and electric car sharing

First Renault Zoe Electric Car Delivered In France

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Just over two years since the first Nissan Leaf was delivered to its Californian owner, one driver has the keys to the French equivalent. The Renault Zoe electric car is a class size smaller than the Leaf, but like the Nissan it represents the first major push from Renault to sell a dedicated electric car. Taking delivery of the first Zoe was

Would Tesla want a former nuclear plant as a French factory? Government offers it up

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Europe Manufacturing Elon Musk France Tesla Motors plug-in carsWhat do you do with a decommissioned nuclear power plant? If you're the French government, you offer the land it sits on to Tesla Motors as a potential new factory site. Tesla has mulled large-scale European production for some time, and French Energy Minister Segolene Royal believes she can get the company to commit with this somewhat unusual.

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France and Québec to partner on electric vehicles

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The Prime Minister of Québec Pauline Marois and the Minister of Economy and Finance of the French Republic, Pierre Moscovici announced the creation of a Franco-Québécois working group on electric vehicles to promote collaboration between industry and research in Québec and France in this area.

50,000th Renault Zoe electric car delivered (after 200,000 Nissan Leafs)

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Europe Renault sales France plug-in cars Renault ZoeThe Nissan Leaf may be the best-selling electric car in history, with more than 200,000 sales, but the Renault half of the Renault-Nissan Alliance can now trumpet a milestone of its own. The Renault Zoe electric car has passed 50,000 sales since the first one was delivered in December 2012. The 50,000th Zoe was presented, at Renault's Flins.

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French target Renault, Brits query Fiat, over diesel emissions

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Europe emissions Renault UK FranceThe past week has not been a particularly pleasant one for advocates of diesel cars. Volkswagen agreed to plead guilty to criminal counts related to its diesel-emissions cheating and pay $4.3 billion in fines, while U.S. prosecutors arrested one of the company's executives and indicted five more. Fiat Chrysler was accused by the EPA of using.

BYD announces its first 16 electric buses sold in France; RATP trial; expanding capacity in China

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BYD also announced a six-month trial with Paris operator RATP and unveiled its 12 meter single deck bus—displayed for the first time in France. BYD France’s first customer is B.E.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing France to start gasoline-engined Yaris export to North America in 2013

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As of May 2013, Toyota Motor Manufacturing France (TMMF) will start building its successful Toyota Yaris compact car for export to the US, Canada and Puerto Rico. The annual export volume is planned to be around 25,000 units. Building the Yaris for customers across North America will represent an additional investment of €8 million at TMMF.

In Paris, cars compete with other transit modes (and often lose)

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Europe Paris emissions France mass transit transportation policyIn cities across the world, many governments are promoting electric cars as a way to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality. But electric cars aren't the only option for keeping urban dwellers mobile while reducing the carbon footprint of transportation. Public transit, bikes, scooters, and car-sharing services can all offer alternatives.

France To Ban Classic Cars From Capital To Clean The Air

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For some, the image of a classic Citroën DS passing along the Champs-Élysées couldn't be much more French if a man in a stripy top and beret walked past swinging a chain of onions. But soon, that image could be shattered as Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoe is set to introduce plans that ban all pre-1997 cars from the city's streets

France looks to EV and hybrid cars to boost ailing car industry

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Citroen Electric cars Hybrid cars Peugeot Renault electric car France hybrid Peuegot subsidiesThe French government has announced it is to increase subsidies for electric and hybrid vehicles, as the country works to kick-start its weakening car industry. Grants for electric cars will increase from €5,000 to €7,000 and up to €4,000 for hybrid vehicles, increased from €2,000 and benefitting both private buyers and company car customers. The [.].

Renault Study Shows Electric Cars Far Greener Than Gasoline--In France

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With relatively few electric vehicles on the market, drawing direct comparisons with regular gasoline and diesel vehicles is surprisingly difficult--not many vehicles are sold with all three drivetrains. The Ford Focus is one, and Renault''s Fluence sedan is another. Now, reports Autoblog Green, the French automaker has revealed findings from a

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France’s Ecotechnologies invests €10M in hydrogen storage company McPhy

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France’s Ecotechnologies fund made a €5-million (US$6.7 This investment, Ecotechnologies’ second in the France-based McPhy, is part of a €10-million capital increase completed by the company’s historical investors: Emertec Gestion, Sofinnova Partners, Gimv, Arevadelfi and Clipperton Finance. It is targeting equity capital and quasi-equity capital operations, for acquisitions of minority stakes in innovative SMEs primarily established in France, and non-listed.

First Corri-Door fast charging points put into service; 200 targeted in France by end of year

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The first two fast charging points for electric vehicles in France’s Corri-Door project are now operational at the Bosgouet Nord (A13) and Tardenois Nord (A4) motorway service stations operated by SANEF.

France deploying test fleet of 50 fuel-cell light commercial vehicles

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Under the project HyWay, France will deploy 50 fuel cell light commercial vehicles around 2 hydrogen distribution stations in Lyon and Grenoble. These are members of the consortium Mobility Hydrogen France, which has devised a national implementation plan, including HyWay. The project is jointly supported by the government (DREALs and ADEME) and the Regional Council of Rhône-Alpes. The 18-month project will use 50 Kangoo ZEs fitted with fuel cells.

French prosecutors to investigate Fiat Chrysler for 'aggravated cheating' on diesel emissions

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Europe emissions lawsuit France Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles continues to be dogged by allegations that it cheated on various diesel-emissions tests. In the U.S., the company faces two lawsuits alleging that diesel vehicles use "defeat device" software to circumvent emissions tests in a similar manner to Volkswagen's cheating TDI vehicles. In January, the EPA said FCA had failed to.

Toyota reveals results of plug-in hybrid trial

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The Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle (pictured) was the centre of a demonstration project in Strasbourg, France, which saw 70 of the vehicles provided to the [.].

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Hexcel to invest $250M in new carbon fiber plant in France; capacity expansions at nearby weaving and prepreg facilities

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Hexcel Corporation will invest $250 million in the construction of a carbon fiber plant in Roussilon, France. Together with our capacity expansions in the US, this new facility in France will strengthen our global supply chain by adding precursor and additional carbon fiber capacity in Europe. Today Hexcel employs close to 1,000 people in France.

Renault to sign significant battery production deal

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CEA is France’s Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, and formed a strategic partnership with Renault back in 2010 looking at mobility and clean vehicles. Electric cars Green cars Latest news Lithium-ion batteries Renault electric car batteries electric cars France green cars LG ChemFrench carmaker Renault looks set to sign a significant agreement with LG Chem and CEA regarding next-generation battery production.

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Electric and hybrid cars boost popularity in France

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Sales of hybrid cars and electric cars grew rapidly last month in France – however, they still only retain a marginal market share. Electric cars Green cars Hybrid cars Latest news electric car sales France Honda Jazz hybrid car sales PSA Peugeot Citroen Toyota Auris Toyota PriusAccording to new statistics, sales of hybrid vehicles rose 46 per cent in September to account for 0.8 per cent of the market. The Honda Jazz led the way as the best [.].

France Offers $6,900 Hybrid Car Subsidies: Should The U.S.?

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Look back a few years, and the Federal government under President George Bush offered buyers of hybrid cars up to $3,400 in tax credits for buying an electric car. As of December 31, 2010, those tax credits expired, to make way for similar tax credits for those who buy fully electric or plug-in hybrid cars. For some time, the French Government has

EVs represented 0.25% of vehicle registrations in France in February; diesels gain 4 points of share

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Electric vehicles represented 0.25% (406 registrations) of the vehicle market in France in February. Challenge Bibendum. 290 Bolloré BlueCars were registered in February, almost double the January figure, representing 71.4% of the electric vehicle registrations. The Renault Fluence was well behind with 28 registrations, followed by the Mia (27 units), the Nissan Leaf (24 units), the Citroën C-Zéro (21 units) and Peugeot iOn (15 units).

F-City H2 fuel cell range extended electric city vehicle homologated in France, pending homologation in Switzerland

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The F-City H2—a battery-electric vehicle with a fuel cell range extender—has become the first urban electric vehicle with such an energy pack to be homologated in France. Challenge Bibendum.