Mobility fair in Saint-Brieuc. Is it time to switch to the electric car?

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Drivers, who want to change cars, must choose between the current model with a combustion engine, or hybrid, and the 100% electric model. In Saint-Brieuc, an electric mobility fair was held this weekend to help make that choice and answer stakeholder questions and fears.

Many of you are wondering if the time has come to switch to electric vehicles, but the current context and certain information circulating on the internet may make you hesitate. To feed your reflection, you had the electric mobility fair, which was held in Saint-Brieuc in Côtes-d’Armor this weekend. The price of electric cars is also something to cool down.

A binding application deadline

If the price of electricity remains below all fuels, isn’t it more sensible to wait for mass sales and lower prices? the answer of Régis Jouanny, Ford dealer in Saint-Brieuc, interviewed by Yann Launay:

“You have to forget about the fact that cars go down in price. Honestly, I think it’s only going to go up, because the technologies are more and more expensive and more and more necessary. Unless the global component market suddenly collapses, which would be quite surprising, we must forget… If you buy it early, you will have fewer unpleasant surprises than in the long run. Given the deadlines anyway, the vehicle you order today, on most brands, you get it in 6 months, up to 8 months, up to 1 year.” The second-hand rating remains very strong for electric cars of all ranges.

Régis Jouanny, Ford dealership in Saint-Brieuc

Credit: Yann Launay

Recharge during off-peak hours

Is switching to the electric car while the government talks about possible power cuts this winter really reasonable? California, for example, has just asked electric car owners not to charge them between 4pm and 9pm, to save the power grid. Per Gabin Lucas, electric car salesman and organizer of the Saint-Brieuc show, is above all a matter of common sense:

Everyone should charge during off-peak hours, not mid-afternoon when everyone is working and needs electricity. Loading time should be optimized according to consumption peaks.” For Gabin Lucas, an electric car salesman, there are “the terminals offer it: if a housing complex has a peak consumption between 4:30 pm and 9:00 pm, then the voltage to recharge your electric vehicle will be lower, but once this period of time has passed, you can recharge your vehicle at full power.”

a terminal problem

Some images of queues this summer in front of charging stations can also be frightening. But according to this Briochin salesman, this situation is not inevitable, and there is not necessarily a need to multiply the number of terminals by 100, it is necessary to start by training electric car drivers: “there are many people who don’t know how to select their charging station in relation to their vehicle : if we have a car that charges at 40 Kw, if the person arrives at a terminal that delivers 250 Kw, he will find himself charging only 40 Kw, because that is his ceiling, and cars that need 230 or 250 Kw will have wait for the small car to recharge. If she had chosen a 50 kW terminal, she would have moved out of her seat, taken a less used terminal and two vehicles could have recharged during that time.

Gabin Lucas, show organizer

Credit: Yann Launay

Electric mobility exhibition - truck

And now the electric truck!

It is often perceived as belonging to science fiction, but the electric heavyweight is developing: a 100% electric Mercedes model was shown at the Saint-Brieuc show. The mass production of eActros has just started and, for Ronan Blochet, expert instructor at the Etoile de l’Ouest groupthis truck is not a gadget: “In this vehicle, we go up to 300 km depending on the number of battery blocks, we can go up to 400. This will be the day-to-day of some carriers tomorrow. kilometer, in the approach to the city and in the center of the city. Brands like Mercedes are anticipating these upcoming regulations, with access bans in some city centers.”

An electric scooter at 12,000 euros

Electric scooter sales are constantly increasing, and a model presented at the Saint-Brieuc fair is a real success, in cities like Rennes and especially Nantes. The machine still costs 12,000 euros, but for Antoine Pereira, Marketing Manager at BMW Motorradthe advantages of this scooter explain its success: “The CE 04 has 130 km of autonomy, and its center of gravity is so low that it is easy to handle in the city; its wheelbase is wide enough, for circulars, expressways, it will not move, it can go to 110 no problem. It’s an easy scooter to handle, with license 125 and 7 hours of training you can go there without any problems.”

Antoine Pereira, Marketing Manager at BMW Motorrad


Credit: Yann Launay

electric scooter

A garage dedicated to electric models

An electric car requires less maintenance than a thermal car, but in the event of a breakdown, the bill can go up. It is to fight this phenomenon and extend the life of electric vehicles that Alexis Marcadet created “Revolt“, one of the (very) rare garages specializing in electric cars:

“A mechanic doesn’t necessarily have the experience, the ability to get to the bottom of the breakdown. Often, you’ll be asked to replace a component instead of seeing what’s wrong with the component. In electric, it is particularly obvious because there are certain elements that very quickly make quotations of 3,000, 4,000, 5,000 or even 10,000 euros for batteries. We think we have to open up these organs, usually a charger, a battery, an inverter, and see what could be wrong with them. The car behind you, for example, was a small part, a sensor, we managed to find the fault, we changed it, it must have cost around 1000 euros, while the basic estimate was tens of thousands of euros.”

Alexis Marcadet

Credit: Yann Launay

A first Revolte garage has been open for a few months in Rennes, and a large garage will open in Nantes (Carquefou) within a month. The electric mobility fair was held at the Saint-Brieuc exhibition center this weekend.

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