Post office seeks electric car deliveries

17th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, April 17, 2007 (AFP) - The French state-run mail group La Poste plans to order 10,000 electric delivery vehicles in the next five years as part of a strategy to promote the battery-run car in France, the government announced Tuesday.

PARIS, April 17, 2007 (AFP) - The French state-run mail group La Poste plans to order 10,000 electric delivery vehicles in the next five years as part of a strategy to promote the battery-run car in France, the government announced Tuesday.

This week, La Poste is to invite manufacturers to submit bids to supply the first 500 vehicles for delivery in 2008.

"There has never been such a big order (for electric vehicles) in the world," said French Industry Minister Francois Loos in an interview with AFP, referring to the plans for 10,000 electric vehicles.

"This large-scale experiment will really launch the electric car in France, in a visible way for everyone, and will enable us to define the economic and technical conditions" needed for its deployment, he said.

The French post office has been testing eight electric vehicles in Paris and the city of Bordeaux since 2005 made by French group SVA, which is owned by defence group Dassault and specialist vehicle manufacturer Heulioz.

SVE and French transportation group Bollore as well as car manufacturers are expected to respond to the invitation to supply the vehicles.

La Poste already owns 60,000 vehicles, 30,000 push bikes, 25 aircraft and three trains.


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