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Which French cities have the greatest commitment to electric mobility?

03 December 2010

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Avere-France, a professional association supporting the development of electric transport and mobility, awarded the first “Avere Electro-Mobile City Trophies”. On this occasion, 11 local government bodies received awards for having demonstrated a particular will to stimulate the development of electric mobility within their territory.
Avere-France selected 11 French cities and metropolitan areas for their tangible initiatives or projects in favour of electric mobility. 35 worthwhile applications were scrutinized by a jury comprising directors and partners of Avere-France. Some observed figures say 31% have implemented arrangements for free or reduced price parking for electric vehicles and 17% are preparing such arrangements.

The criterion’s used to determine the winners of the “Electro-Mobile Cities of the Year” are:
  • Councils’ policies and means of incitement to acquire and use rechargeable electric and hybrid vehicles (EVs)
  • The number of EVs used by municipal fleets and for public transport
  • All forms of initiatives, innovations, structures or projects designed to favor electric mobility, such as car-sharing schemes or goods delivery platforms
  • Communication (events, exhibitions, etc.)
  • The jury also took into account the quality of candidates’ overall approach to sustainable mobility.
The award-winning cities were classified in five categories on the basis of their population. Here are the results:
  • Population of 10,000 to 20,000 inhabitants
  1. Pertuis, Vaucluse (84)
  • Population of 20,000 to 50,000 inhabitants
  1. Cagnes sur Mer, Alpes Maritimes (06)
  2. Gap, Hautes Alpes (05)
  3. Grasse, Alpes Maritimes (06)
  • Population of 50,000 to 100,000 inhabitants
  1. Bourges, Cher (18)
  • Population of 100,000 to 200,000 inhabitants
  1. Communauté d'Agglomération du Grand Angoulême, Charente (16)
  2. Communauté d'Agglomération de La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime (17)
  3. Orléans, Loiret (45)
  • Population of more than 200,000 inhabitants
  1. Communauté Urbaine de Nice Côte d'Azur, Alpes Maritimes (06)
  2. Communauté d'Agglomération Rennes Métropole, Ille et Vilaine (35)
  3. Communauté Urbaine de Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin (67)
Further statistics on the overall features observed by the jury during the selection process include:
  • 91% have engaged in global reflection on the theme of mobility and developed a tangible action plan involving several partners
  • 74% have implemented policies for reducing levels of transport pollution and/or improving air quality
  • 60% have implemented, or are implementing, policies for regulating and diminishing the volume of automobile traffic
  • 31% have implemented arrangements for free or reduced price parking for electric vehicles and 17% are preparing such arrangements
  • 26% have developed charging infrastructure for electric vehicles and 17% have plans for deployment of charge ports between 2011 and 2013
About Avere-France

Created in 1978 under impulsion from the European Commission after the first oil crisis, Avere-France is a professional association providing information, dialogue and expertise. As a professional association furthering the development of electric transport and mobility, it brings together the parties involved in electric and hybrid vehicles whether in manufacturing or commerce or as institutions or associations. Avere-France’s main missions are to communicate on the interest of and other issues associated with electric vehicles and encourage and promote electric vehicles.


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