Ten years ago, driving an electric vehicle was like saying… daring.
A range limited to less than 200 kilometres, charging possibilities when roaming are practically non-existent, home charging times of almost 20 hours, limited choice of models and high prices.
Suffice it to say that the performance/price ratio of the electric vehicle was particularly degraded and the battery technology was far from complete.
Added to this is the absence of a specific manufacturer’s warranty for the electric motor and high voltage battery, whose useful life was not known.
Only a few drivers focused on the ecological cause and zero-emission mobility (while driving) have delved into electromobility every year in France.
In 2012, in a market of 1,898,872 private vehicles sold, the sales volume of electric cars represented 3,116 units (mainly Nissan Leafs), representing a confidential market share of 0.16%. And this despite massive support for the electric vehicle granted by the government with an ecological bonus for the specific purchase of 7,000 euros.
It was just ten years ago.
Since then, the automotive context has completely changed.
O electric mobility became the only option open to manufacturers and drivers in Europe
In the long term (probably 2035), car manufacturers will no longer be able to sell cars with internal combustion engines in the European UnionWhile drivers traveling in combustion-powered cars will be quickly and gradually banned from entering urban areas (according to the vehicle’s Euro standard) and financial sanctions in case of violation of this traffic ban.
In the short term (from 2024 onwards in the Greater Metropolis of Paris), all diesel vehicles will be banned from driving in the Greater Metropolis of Paris.
In the long term (from 2030 onwards in the Greater Metropolis of Paris), only electric vehicles will be allowed to drive in the Greater Metropolis of Paris.
All other French metropolises are in the process of taking comparable measures.
These restrictive and structuring regulations, aimed at imposing electric mobility in forced march, would almost make us forget the intrinsic qualities of the new electric car.
In recent years, car manufacturers have embarked on the electric revolution. It became a matter of survival with colossal investments.
All car manufacturers now offer electric models.
And the manufacturers’ catalog of electric models continues to grow.
Most manufacturers also reported the mid-term discontinuation of new models of heat engines on the European market.
In 2022, the services offered by electric cars are on the rise.
Home and roaming charging
I’installation of a residential electric charging station is piloted by the automotive distributor from A to Z at a cost negotiated via installers, from the diagnosis of the electrical connection to the certification of the installation with a complete ecosystem of charging services.
O roaming electrical charging is facilitated by charging cards from manufacturers that manage the payment and the number of charging stations is getting closer and closer the limit of 100,000 public charging stations in France. Gradually, recharging becomes “plug and play” : Just connect the electric cable to the car to start charging.
Networks of fast charging stations are developing in the major highways (Ionity, Tesla, Fastned, Allego, TotalEnergies, etc.).
Charging at home overnight allows you to perform daily routes.
Occasional charging at fast terminals allows go from 10 to 80% autonomy in less than 30 minutes in higher-end electric vehicles equipped with an 800 Volt battery.
The question of price remains open for entry-level models.
The deadline for the Renault Clio / Peugeot 208 / Seat Ibiza / Volkswagen Polo type electric multipurpose car for less than 20,000 euros seems distant or even very uncertain, unless you sacrifice some of the benefits like Dacia Spring (low engine power and low battery power). But in this case, the vehicle’s versatility on long journeys is called into question.
State-of-the-art electric models allow long distances to be covered.
they have a range up to more than 500 km WLTP common fast charging capability (up to 200 kW or even more in DC fast charging) and are equipped with technologies such as intelligent energy management.
High-end electric models can recharge easily and quickly at home and on long trips.
Driving on electricity is different from driving with a heat engine: no vibration, no noise, no gearbox, immediately available torque and low center of gravity.
O conduct of a state-of-the-art electric car can be exciting.
The choice of the top-of-the-range electric car in 2022 can be justified as follows :
– ecological belief : make all trips ecologically without local polluting emissions.
– Pragmatism : for unrestricted access to low emission zones (ZFE).
– driving comfort : to drive silently.
– driving pleasure : for high power, impressive and immediately available torque and exhilarating acceleration.
– Budget : to reduce maintenance costs and fuel costs (subject to electricity price changes).
– Taxation : take advantage of the tax advantages offered by electric mobility.
It is essential to have access to charging stations near your home or place of work or to install a charging station in your home..