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At COP21 In Paris, Renault-Nissan Partner To Install 90 New EV Charging Spots

Supporting clean air, pure water, emissions-free travel, the Renault-Nissan Alliance is installing 90 new charging spots powered by low-carbon electricity. The Renault-Nissan charging spots will refuel 200 Renault-Nissan EVs during the COP21 climate change conference…

Without a single drop of oil.

Here are the highlights from a Renault-Nissan press release:

  • The EV shuttle service is expected to log at least 400,000 kilometers over the two-week summit.
  • Many of the most conveniently located quick chargers will remain after COP21 and be available to the public.
  • The Paris Renault-Nissan EV fleet will use electricity considered fully “decarbonized. “
Paris clear sky

Paris, and an (emissions free) clear sky

Air pollution in Paris : Eiffel tower through a haze of pollution in Paris

Air pollution in Paris

The Renault-Nissan press release on November 19, 2015, continues: “The installation is being done in partnership with French energy provider EDF, Schneider Electric, Aéroports de Paris, Paris City Council and SNCF, France’s national railway company.”

Carlos Ghosn, CEO and Chairman of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, explains more in this video (from here):


Schneider Electric will donate some charging stations to recharge 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.

Ghosn notes:

“COP21 is a call to action to reduce the impact of climate change – including global warming resulting from personal transportation. 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.”

Carlos Ghosn, CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, explains more: “The quick charging stations will recharge EVs from 0 to 80% capacity in about 30 minutes.”

Ideally, charge spots channel “green” electricity, as EVs consume any form of electricity used in the power grid. This includes eventually charging from hydropower, solar, and wind energy. “As countries reduce dependence on fossil fuels and increase reliance on renewable resources, EVs become even greener,” the press release adds. Indeed.

And positively, the press release continues, “The COP21 charging stations in the Paris region will use electricity with a small carbon footprint. The French power grid distributes electricity with a very low average of CO2 emissions per kWh: less than 40 g in 2014, compared to the European average of 325 g of CO2 emissions per kWh.”


Renewable energy accounted for about 19% of France’s electricity last year. The country also gets a lot of electricity from nuclear power plants.

“EDF supports the development of electric mobility, which is a cornerstone of countries’ efforts to minimize urban pollution. EDF produces extremely low-carbon electricity in France, which enables a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and thus reinforces the favorable ecological footprint of this new generation of transport,” said EDF Chairman and CEO Jean-Bernard Levy.

The Paris Renault-Nissan EV fleet will use electricity considered fully decarbonized. “In addition, EDF is offsetting the remaining CO2 emissions through carbon credits generated by projects certified by the United Nations…. Fourteen of the 27 quick chargers installed will remain after the climate change conference and will be available for the public to use. These include two at Charles de Gaulle Airport, two on the Paris périphérique highway and one at Orly Airport.”

Paris already has ~4,000 charging spots, and France as a whole has ~10,000.

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