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Euro 2016: Driving electric

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Euro 2016: Driving electric

The Euro 2016 football tournament kicks off on June 10 at Paris’s Stade de France, and it’s a great chance to experience the thrill of live football in one of Europe’s finest stadiums.

If you’re going to watch any of the matches in person, and will be driving to Paris from the UK, then you’re no doubt already planning the trip and deciding how you’re going to get there.

With the fuel shortage in France, driving electric can be your stress free solution to ensure you’ll be there in good time to enjoy kick-off!

Driving Electric in France

Hiring an electric car for your journey is easier than you think. With charge points situated around the UK and France there is no worry that you won't be able to find a location to charge your vehicle. 

Rapid charging networks where there is 24 hour support also allows multiple different cards which works from different providers in an open and free roaming agreement. And most importantly, a network where there’s a degree of redundancy and charging stations are located far closer together than you actually need to enable range anxiety to be a thing of the past.

Electric Car Charging

To find charge points on your route visit ChargeMap

Eurotunnel Le Shuttle is now the only place in Europe where you can find all of the main rapid chargers for electric vehicles in one place, and use them for free! For more information on electric charging with the EuroTunnel click here

Driving in France Tips

Travelling in France is a breeze. All cities are well connected, by good, fast, well-maintained roads. Most French autoroutes are toll motorways and remember, there will be thousands of others travelling in the same direction as you, so plan accordingly. If you have time, use the more interesting minor roads to discover the real France.

For parking and toll roads. Tolls – which you can pay by cash or card – you should expect to pay about 7-10 cent per kilometre. 

Think right: It’s easy to forget to drive on the right, particularly after doing something familiar, such as leaving a petrol station or car park. If in doubt, put an arrow sticker pointing to the right side of the road you should stay on. Place it within your field of vision, but above your eyes.

  • Built-up areas 50km/h; outside built-up areas 90km/h); 110km/h on urban motorways and dual carriageways separated by a central reservation barrier; 130km/h on motorways.
  • Minimum speed limit on motorways is 80km/h.
  • In wet weather and for motorists who have held a driving licence for less than three years, lower speed limits apply: 80km/h outside built-up areas, 100km/h on dual carriageways and 110km/h on motorways. French police apply speeding restrictions strictly and if you exceed speed limits you will face heavy on-the-spot fines.
  • By law you are required to carry a self-test breathalyser when driving in France.
  • You must carry your valid full driving licence and your rental agreement.
  • Headphones and headsets: It is illegal to use any device that is attached to the ear while driving.
  • Seat belts: Front and rear seat belts must be worn by occupants.
  • Children up to the age of 10 must travel in an approved child seat or restraint, adapted to their age and size. Children under the age of 10 are not allowed to travel in the front seat.
  • Built-up areas: Where you see the sign “priorité a droite” give way to traffic coming from the right.
  • Roundabouts: Where you see a sign that reads ‘Vous n’avez pas la priorité’ or ‘Cédez le passage’, traffic on the roundabout has priority; where no such sign exists, traffic entering the roundabout has priority.
  • Use of the horn is prohibited in built-up areas, except in cases of immediate danger.
  • Security: Don’t leave wallets or expensive gadgets in view at any time, even when you are in the car.

To book an electric car with Green Motion car rental and guarantee a stress free journey without the worry of running out of fuel, visit greenmotion.com or call +44 (0) 2071864000

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