Renault Says ‘Appy to go EV’ in Landmark 3-Year Trial

Renault has chosen one of the remotest towns in France to prove that its BEVs can cope with everyday life for all of the inhabitants.

The automaker wants to create the first 100% electric community by giving every household in the town of Appy in the Ariege region a new Zoe to use for a period of three years in the hope to prove electric mobility can be suitable for all. It claims the car’s 245-mile range and broad charging capabilities will help convince the townspeople that the move to electric vehicles is not just the reserve of those living in cities.

Naturally, all households will be provided with a home charger 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 30 minutes.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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