Paradox: Big cities are the ideal playground for electric mobility, but this is where it is most difficult to make it thrive due to the lack of density of charging stations.
How many times have we heard city dwellers say that, if they had the means of charging worthy of the name, they would move without hesitation to so-called “zero emission” mobility?
But things are rapidly changing, as illustrated by the big announcement of the weekend: the opening of France’s largest electric car park, equipped with 505 charging stations, located in the heart of Paris.
The Madeleine-Tronchet car park, managed by Saemes (an anonymous company that operates the car park in the city of Paris), thus offers 7 and 22 kW terminals (semi-rapid, therefore) spread over the six levels of the underground car park. . The advantage of this very central location is that it is very easy to come and “fill up” for a few hours.
In addition, the rates remain reasonable (for Paris, of course) at 40 cents per kWh, to which, however, 50 cents are added for access to the service and, of course, the right to park in the car park (13, € 2 for 3 hours, for example).
Even so, this deployment is good news for Parisian motorists, who by the end of the year will be able to take advantage of around 600 other terminals in two other Saemes car parks (Jean Bouin car park in the 16th arrondissement and Bergson-Saint-Augustin on the 8th), bringing the total number of terminals to 1,100.
These terminals are added to those of the Belib’ network, which already has 2,200 devices on the streets, and the goal is to reach 8,400 recharge points in the capital by 2024.
Things are therefore progressing very quickly since the beginning of the year on the billing front. There are currently around 58,000 filling points open to the public, a number that reflects a 54% increase in one year.
” Although the “number of vehicles per charging point” ratio deteriorated sharply in 2020 – we were at 10.32 100% electric vehicles per charging point, a real improvement has been felt since late 2021 “, welcomes Avere-France, association for the promotion of electric mobility. ” So far, the proportion is 9.68 100% electric vehicles per charging point. This confirms that the speed of loadpoint deployments finally seems to be ahead of the record. »
Around 800,000 plug-in hybrid and 100% electric cars are currently on the road in France, and plug-in cars have accounted for 20% of new car sales since the start of the year, compared with 14% the year before.
Demand is growing, despite the scarcity of components and the still high costs of electrified models, which still reserve them for a small portion of the population.
The other good news, in terms of charging, comes from the condominiums. According to an assessment by FNAIM, 50 to 60% of collective car parks will be equipped with charging points within 5 to 6 years. Training for social administrators and owners will be organized in the coming months.
Things are moving just as fast on the supermarket side. This includes Carrefour, which will offer 5,000 charging points in its parking lots by 2025, with power ranging from 22 to 300 kW. Casino, meanwhile, will deploy around thirty Tesla Superchargers in its parking lots between late 2022 and 2023. These Superchargers will be accessible to owners of other brands.
Highway companies are also committed to deploying fast terminals essential for long-distance mobility.
La Sanef, which manages 1,800 km of highways, will offer around 500 fast charging points in 72 areas by the end of the year. Vinci Autoroutes, which already has 348 charging points in 99 zones, will equip its entire network by 2023.
The electric mobility ecosystem is therefore gradually being implemented. With the intensification of the deployment of electric terminals, deficiencies in the charging infrastructure will soon cease to be an excuse to continue driving in thermals.
Under these conditions, we can only urge manufacturers to develop affordable electric models in the spirit of Dacia Spring. Instead, they maintain high-end models, each more sophisticated than the last.
Last week, the Volkswagen Group’s chief financial officer told the Financial Times that the company would now be more interested in its margins than in its sales growth in the context of electrification.
In other words, top priority for one of the largest car groups in the world! However, only the development of cheap models will make it possible to carry out this so-called “clean” mobility revolution that concerns us all today.