PARIS -- The French government has launched a plan to coordinate the creation of a national charging network for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids.
As part of the plan, local and regional government authorities will team with carmakers, public utilities and companies to create an infrastructure where drivers can charge electric-powered vehicles.
There will be a standardized infrastructure for charging cars in public areas, workplaces or in homes.
The government said it would take steps to meet President Nicolas Sarkozy's objective of seeing at least 100,000 electric vehicles on French roads by the end of 2012.
The plan is good news for Renault and its alliance partner Nissan, which aim to launch electric cars in France starting in 2012.
It will also help other automakers that have ambitions to introduce all-electric cars, such as Japan's Mitsubishi, as well as companies planning plug-in hybrids, such as General Motors and Toyota.
A government working group, under the joint authority of France's industry and ecology ministries, will coordinate public procurement policies for electric vehicles.
The purchasing rules should simplify tendering processes for large public bodies -- such as the post office, utilities and government agencies -- as well as large private sector firms, which are expected to be the main buyers of electric vehicles.