This was not big news in the market place in Le Grand Pressigny where the work was already in progress.
|Don't park your car here for fear of mighty retribution|
The two parking spaces nearest to the Mairie now have a smart pair of steel bollards, a post with a sign indicating "electric vehicles only" and a wire sticking out of the ground with insulating tape on the end.
|About to be borne|
It's rather a cute sign, once you work it out.
|Forbidden except... for something or other|
The new emplacement has caused some disruption of the Thursday market, because it is right where the Limouzin Frères goat cheese stall usually is. So they have bumped along next to the fish wagon, while the Cheese Lady was tucked away behind Laurent Poupeau's butcher's van...
|Waiting for a connection|
When it's finished, it should look like this one, in Joué-lès-Tours... the latest in service.
|Nicolas a découvert la dernière borne mise en service, à Joué-lès-Tours. - (Photo NR)|
Nicolas, the young man in the picture above, has sold his old Renault 5 in favour of a Twizzy. Before, his budget was 165€ for petrol; now he pays 45€ to hire the battery. But he reckons that as long as the availability of charging points is inadequate, the market for electric vehicles will never take off. He is using a badge (free from le Syndicat intercommunal d'énergie d'Indre-et-Loire (Sieil)) which is managing the roll-out. The communes pay 20% of the 12,000€ cost (not including tax) of the installation. Meanwhile, during the hour it takes to charge the Twizzy's battery, Nicolas can take a stroll around the village, have a coffee, do a bit of shopping... la bonne bouffe for somebody!
The first person to spot someone using one of our charging points wins a jar of marmalade.