Monday, 17 January 2011

Electric cars for La Poste

The French postal service (La Poste) is testing electric cars. The tests are starting in Brest and Rennes in Brittany with 22 cars. Postmen and post women get a short training of 15 minutes, (they need to get used to the 2 pedals and not to change gears!). The staff who have already tried the cars are amazed how quiet they are.

At the moment, an electric car can only do about 50 km, so it can’t be used in rural areas.

Each car will save 3 tons of CO2 per year and per car.

Other French companies have followed this environmental friendly idea and have ordered altogether 50 000 cars for the future.

Who knows? We will all be driving an electric car soon!

1 comment:

  1. Our house sits on a 90 degree bend in a rural lane. When madame la factrice comes hurtling down our lane we generally hear her early enough to get out of the way before she flies around the bend. I worry that when her van becomes almost silent we won't get the necessary early warning and there may be blood on the tracks...

    On the other hand, if she is driving an electric vehicle she is likely to be driving slower than in her conventional van so we may just suffer a maiming instead of complete wipeout.

    Do they really think that 15 minutes training will be enough?

    From Mark Jarvis...