This contract should launch the electric vehicle in France. Talks started a few days ago between 20 manufacturers and the “Ugap” a group purchasing organization originally dedicated to the government, this time it has been appointed by twenty governmental and private companies.
The order consists in a firm 23.000 vehicles on four years from 2011 to 2015 that is splited in three vehicle type:
- An electric van (15.000 units), with 3 m³ (106 cubic feet) loading capacity (i.e. : Renault Kangoo ZE, Peugeot Partner electric, Citroën Berlingo or Ford Transit Connect).
- A small 2 seater car (4.000 units)
- A 4 to 5 seat berline (4.000 units)
Only one manufacturer will be selected by type. There’s no price limit but “The total cost of use of the vehicle on 5 years (electricity included) has to be equivalent to the combustion engine cars”
Source: Les Echos