On July 4th, the new International Meeting of Ecological Vehicles (or RIVE) was held in the Gard. An event attended by S.A.S Prince Albert II of Monaco, who is strongly sensitized to this rapidly expanding field.

Since 2010, the International Meeting of Ecological Vehicles has become the largest gathering of manufacturers across this buoyant sector. The 2019 edition took place under the theme of the French strategy of clean vehicle development (concerning electric vehicles and rechargeable hybrids). Four axes were determined: reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, reduction of energy dependence, improvement of urban air quality, and competitiveness of the French industrial sector. A whole program that took place on July 4th and 5th, at the Mechanical Pole of Alès, in the Cévennes, in the presence of two exceptional guests.

A highly anticipated conference

François de Rugy, Minister for the Ecological and Solidarity Transition and HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, made the trip and began a bilateral meeting before the press in the morning, before holding a conference on the theme “Mobility package and COP: sustainable mobility, a European and global dynamic.” After a visit to the various stands and some tests of electric cars, the Prince was able to some time to the journalists who were present at the convention. He took the opportunity to talk about the ecological policy of the Principality, with “more than 750 free charging stations in public car parks or roads, advantageous pricing for parking subscriptions, free annual registration stamps for electric vehicles, and also a fleet of hybrid buses that are soon to reach the road.

*Article originally published on the French edition of the Monaco Tribune.