Condominiums, a major obstacle for the electric car in France?

The lack of charging stations in condominiums is a problem. This observation adds to the lack of public charging stations.

In addition to the perfectible development of public charging solutions, charging in condominiums is a real deficiency. We learned that only 2% of condominiums are equipped with charging stations.

This represents 10,000 spaces, marking a real lack of infrastructure for home charging. According to Avere-France and its delegate, Clément Molizon, “70% of private terminals are in individual dwellings”. However, collective housing such as buildings and, therefore, condominiums, represent 44% of the population.

A decree could help this development in the coming weeks. This should allow Enedis to equip condominiums with charging stations without charging for the work. This represents “tens of thousands of orders” potential, according to Olivier Huet. The director of condominium infrastructure projects at Enedis guarantees that “all solutions are needed” develop electrification.

This, of course, makes the private installers of charging stations shudder, who see “unfair competition”. This is also what the French Association of Recharge Operators (Afor) denounced in the face of this decree.

What is the current situation of co-owners?

Currently, private operators control the sector, which is more expensive for interested co-owners. These include Terminals Solution, Park’n Plug and Zeplug. These recorded strong growth and revealed that orders can quickly rise to one million terminals.

The decree could help garner this colossal interest, as well as being cheaper for applicants. Currently, the average amount remaining is estimated at 800 euros for co-owners who intend to install a terminal.

This is the case despite the many existing aids, starting with the Advenir system. This supports half of the expenses thanks to an envelope of public funds. Avere-France is piloting this project, but the facility’s numbers are struggling to keep up despite the help. Logivolt Territoires is also there to offset the cost of connecting parking spaces.

For this reason, the decree that aims to facilitate Enedis’ installations must appear. At the moment, endpoint deployment is long to decide, and especially long to do. The obstacle course is scary, but above all it slows down national electrification.

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Lack of knowledge delays installations

These delays in obtaining a charging station at home are often due to co-owners’ fear of paying for others. While in most cases, the expenses of the common parts are covered by the subsidies. The lack of knowledge of the curators is also in question, since the discussions with the operators are insufficient.

“There is always the fear that some co-owners will delay installation orders”, explains Mathias Laffont. The director of studies at the French Electricity Union (UFE) recalls that “There are techniques to just make users pay a few hundred euros for the purchase of the outlet, in addition to the monthly fee contracted with the operator. »

The other problem that delays the installation of terminals in condominiums is the lack of outsourced employees. As BFMTV points out, this can extend installation time by up to a year and a half between the time of the first request and the actual installation. “The sector is growing a lot, but we are very short of manpower”, commented Jérôme Princet. Bornes Solutions general manager raises a problem here, but others are added.

Condos often have open-air parking lots, and work there is much more expensive. In fact, it is mandatory in this case to make a larger installation. This therefore forces co-owners to put the bare minimum into the wallet, as explained by Lara Dupont of Zeplug. “Today it is too expensive for operators and condominiums to bear the cost”she says.

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