PHOTO CAPTION: French President Hollandes' official car is Citroen DS5 Hybrid4

French Aim for Auto Industry Rebirth Around 'Green' Cars

To lead by example, the government will replace 25 percent of its own fleet with electric cars – purchasing about 1,500 electric cars per year.

Published: 17-Aug-2012

PARIS, France (ENS) – The Hollande Government has proposed an auto industry revival package that focuses on producing environmentally-friendly vehicles.

“This plan is the rebirth of the French car,” Industrial Recovery Minister Arnaud Montebourg declared July 25 during a press conference introducing the government’s new policy to help French auto manufacturers and their suppliers.

“The government wants to help in promoting clean vehicles and to make them available for every budget,” said Montebourg.


Berlingo van claims 1000km run from Flensburg to Munich.

Converted Citroen Berlingo equipped with 180kWh lithium battery pack identical to those found in SmartForTwo.

Gavin Hutton (right) and Citroen UK's Ricahrd Petherick with trio of C-Zero electric cars below Sterling Castle.

The C-Zeros will be used by the Council’s Environmental Services team, and have a range up to 93 miles.

Citroën Numéro 9 concept saloon.

Numéro 9 concept is meant to preview the look of three new Citroen DS models for the Beijing Auto Show.


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