Update with the Ministry of Energy Transition

Caradisiac: According to several studies, some European countries seem to have better anticipated the need for charging infrastructure on the public grid than France. This is a fact ?

Claude Renard, Coordinator of the implementation of terminals for electric vehicles at the Ministry of Energy Transition:

Yes, let’s not deny it. Today, there are three countries that stand out among the 27 member states of the European Union, they are the Netherlands, Germany and France. But it is not the place that is most important. What I would like to emphasize is above all that in France we are in a very important dynamic and that we are only at the beginning of evolution. Today we have several charging stations that meet more or less the needs of 900,000 electrified vehicles, including plug-in hybrids. You should know that by 2030, there will be more on the order of 10 to 13 million vehicles. Compared to today, this means we will have to multiply all our charging solutions by 10.15 or even by 20.

Caradisiac: But back to my question, didn’t some countries anticipate better than France?

Claudio Fox: Better early, or too early…, so you also shouldn’t anticipate too much because behind that you need a cost-effective model for collection operators. So yes, some countries may have better factual results there today, but I almost want to say, at what cost? Indeed, because in terms of subsidies and support from the public authorities, if we compare the financial resources that Germany and the Netherlands have allocated to this matter, it is true that much less money is being invested… several hundred million euros (100 million as part of the Recovery Plan and 300 million as part of France 2030), which are not negligible amounts, the Germans speak in billions of euros! Thus, it is more a global reflection of a good management of the public power budget in relation to the real needs that must be met and, therefore, it is not the race to the country that will have more limits that matters. My goal is to meet the needs of electric vehicle users.

As of June 1, 62,136 charging points were open to the public

Caradisiac: The state goal of 100,000 public terminals by the end of 2021 could not be achieved. Six months later, what is the extent of the network, on the one hand, and, on the other hand, is the ambition to massively densify the road network still intact?

Claudio Fox: Yup. In fact, there were two purposes in this ad. In fact, it was to achieve it as such, but above all to send a strong message to the ecosystem to mobilize to deploy these terminals. For me, this second objective was completely achieved. Since the beginning of 2021, we have had a very strong mobilization from a large number of players, in particular large retailers, local authorities, as well as energy unions that are in the process of implementing charging infrastructure master plans for electric vehicles. All this work is in progress. By the end of the year, we will have a large number of validated master plans, which will represent almost 70 to 75% of the national territory in area. We already have a hundred master plans already initialized and that’s what matters. […] As of June 1, 2022, we were at 62,136 charging points open to the public. We had installed more than 20,000 charging points in 2021 and there, in five months, we have almost 8,500 more. […] I almost feel like saying that by the end of the year, we could deploy between 5,000 and 10,000 charging points a month. […] Nor can we forget to mention the stations: since last January, 3,070 additional charging stations have been created, all of which are new stations that are strengthening the territory’s network and allowing all our fellow citizens to come closer to public charging points.

By the end of 2022, all motorway service areas will be equipped

Caradisiac: For the government, is the power of the terminals as important an issue as the number of terminals?

Claudio Fox: Yes, absolutely, even more. The government’s will was, with the 2021 Recovery Plan, to clearly outline the objectives, privilege the quality of the terminals over the quantity and bet on high power charging because it was a real issue. However, a year ago, stating that by the end of 2022 all service areas of the concessioned motorway network would be equipped (Editor’s Note: toll motorways), was not won. However, until the end of the year it will be, and I think it is very important for roaming electric vehicle users (going on vacation, taking long trips). They won’t have to wonder where the terminal is. They will stop at a motorway service area and find a terminal (Editor’s Note: 150 kW). This is a guarantee for the end of 2022.

At the same time, we are pushing and supporting all other sectors and all terminal needs (Editor’s Note: at home, on the road, in business, in relay parking lots, in shopping mall parking lots, etc.) to the different uses of people. […] I think, and this is an important point, that there will really be a mix of uses for electric vehicles, just as there will be a mix of uses for charging.

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