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Renault to put electric car charging stations in French shopping centres

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Renault-Nissan announced Monday that it had signed an agreement with Leclerc to install charging stations for electric cars in its parking lots. The Franco-Japanese car company is expected to sign another such agreement with a European shopping centre giant.

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The number of spaces at E. Leclerc stores will “depend on the number of electric cars” said Michel-Edouard Leclerc, director of the French retailer.

Fifty E. Leclerc centres will have charging stations by next year; 150 by the end of 2010; and 500 by 2015, with ultimately 260,000 parking spots.

Renault-Nissan was also expected to sign an agreement with the European commercial property giant Uibail-Rodamco to install stations in 22 of its 42 French shopping centres by the end of this year.

Renault expects ten per cent of its car sales in France to be electric vehicles by 2020.

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