Electric Dream For French Town
by Becky Harrison |
posted 28 July 2020
Renault has helped create the first 100% electric town by giving every household in the town of Appy, in the Ariege region of France, a new ZOE electric vehicle. The pioneering new scheme to prove electric mobility can be suitable for all will last for three years.
However, it’s not as straightforward as it first appears. Appy, situated in the Ariege region in the south of France, is one of the most isolated towns in the country. That shouldn’t be an obstacle though, as the current ZOE’s 245-mile range and broad charging capabilities will help demonstrate that it’s easier than ever to move to electric vehicles, and that it’s not just the reserve of those living in urban areas.
With the ZOE’s strong sales climbing since its introduction earlier in 2020 and with more than 100,000 models on the road across Europe, it’s already proving to be a hit among a range of buyers. In the remote rural town of Appy, all households receiving a ZOE will be provided with a home charger – just like all customers in the UK – and there will be a public charger for the town. When plugged in to a DC charger, the ZOE’s 52kWh battery can be charged to 90 miles of range in just 30 minutes.
Appy residents will run the ZOEs for three years, sharing their impressions and experiences with Renault, in a first-time scheme that will likely inform and help understand the way customers interact with and use electric vehicles day to day. If the inhabitants of one of the country’s most isolated towns can adopt an electric way of life, it’ll prove that everyone can. That also means the myths around buying and running an electric car can be dispelled once and for all.
With the electric vehicle market tripling in the first quarter of 2020, there is no better time to switch to electric. The new Renault ZOE delivers an impressive 245-mile range, the latest infotainment technology and DC fast-charging capability, the result of being at the forefront of the electric car market and innovation for the last eight years.