As part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s support of the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) climate change summit, the company has installed an additional 90 new charging points around the city.
The charging points will use low-carbon generated electricity too, with energy generated from renewable sources accounting for a significant proportion of the electricity used. France is one of the best countries in Europe for electricity production with average CO2 emissions less than 40 g/kWh in 2014, compared with Europe’s average of 325 g/kWh.
With a fleet of 200 Renault and Nissan EVs running as a shuttle service throughout the talks, the new charging spots are going to help the vehicles achieve an expected combined 400,000 km (248,500 miles) over two weeks. All delegates and those involved in the talks will be shuttled about in the fleet of EVs including the Renault Zoe and Nissan Leaf, with no tailpipe emissions at all.
Of the 90 new charging points, 27 are rapid chargers and 14 of these will remain active after COP21 has finished for the public to use, including those at convenient locations such as the Charles De Gaulle and Orly Airports, and on the Paris ring-road.
“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.”