French Government proposes further measures to tackle air pollution

December 15, 2016

French environment minister Ségolène Royal has proposed three new measures to reduce air pollution in France. The first is the doubling of the tax credit available when installing a charging station for an electric vehicle (EV) at home from 30% to 60%. As this covers the existing housing stock, it goes beyond EU proposals for the installation of charging points in all new homes built after 2019. The measure is also intended to help achieve the government’s target of a network of 1 million charging points by late 2019, 900,000 of which at private homes. 

The timing ties in conveniently with Renault’s plan to make their EVs compatible with new rapid chargers. Battery programme and infrastructure director at Renault, Nicolas Schottey, says: ‘By 2019, our vehicles will adopt the European CCS-combo standard for superfast charging.’ It is unclear, however, whether there are any targets as far as how much of the charging network in France needs to consist of rapid-charging stations. 

A second measure is the planned exemption of EVs from road tolls, although this is still being negotiated with the motorway operators. Finally, there are also plans to extend the purchase incentives for EVs to light commercial vehicles. 

In addition to the recently announced extension of VAT rebates to petrol cars and tax hikes on diesel fuel, these measures will not only serve to tackle air pollution but also to reduce the dominance of diesel-powered cars in France.

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