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After ordering one at the recent Paris motor show, French Minister of Industrial Recovery Arnaud Montebourg has been presented the keys to a Renault ZOE by Renault Group COO Carlos Tavares, becoming the first customer to take delivery of the EV ahead of its domestic launch next spring.

Launched globally at the Geneva motor show in March, the all-electric ZOE’s synchronous electric motor with rotor coil produces a peak 87 hp and 220 Nm of torque. It has a 210 km range – the highest among production mass market EVs.

“The first ZOE delivery is a vital step in Renault’s electric vehicle offensive, aimed at making zero-emission mobility affordable for the greatest number,” said Tavares. “The commitment of the government and Mr Montebourg, as confirmed today, is a decisive advantage for making France a robust cornerstone of electric vehicle development and serves to reinforce Renault’s position as a French champion on the international stage.”

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In France, the ZOE qualifies for a €7,000 (RM28,000) government environmental bonus, bringing the starting price in France down to €13,700 (RM55,100) including VAT. Its domestic launch will be accompanied by the installation of public and private charging stations by the Ministry of Industrial Recovery.

The move is part of the ‘Plan Automobile’ announced by the French government in July, which provides for the installation of charging stations at government ministries and the inclusion of EVs in public fleets.

As of end October, Renault has put 16,600 EVs on European roads – more than any other company has sold on the Continent. At the end of last year, some 10,000 charging stations had been installed in Europe – the figure has now risen to approximately 15,000.