10,000 Public Charging Points Available in France

2 years ago by Mark Kane 10

BMW i3 and Bollore Bluecar charging in France

BMW i3 and Bollore Bluecar charging in France

September 2013: If you plan to drive Renault ZOE in France, you can charge it in one of the 372 Renault dealerships in the country. Renault states that "...a free 1-hour charge per day can be very useful"

Renault ZOE charging

France reached a huge milestone of 10,000 public charging points.

In the past twelve months, 1,561 charging stations were installed for a total of 10,161.


10,161 installed points is 18% more than one year ago


A lot of those charging points come from the Bollore car sharing infrastructure, clustered in a few metropolitan areas. In total, you can charge at 3,169 Bollore sites in France.

With 16,000 new charging points to be installed by Bollore by December 31, 2016, and other projects, the total number of charging stations are expected to quadruple to about 38,000 in two years.

Here is the latest map of charging point density, per 100,000 inhabitants.

Public Charging Points Density in France

Public Charging Points Density in France

Source: AVERE

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10 responses to "10,000 Public Charging Points Available in France"

  1. Nichen says:

    Vive la France!! No more funding for the ISIS-terrorists.

    1. Speculawyer says:

      Yep . . . the reduced money to Putin, Mid-East Islamists, and South American socialists should really be talked about more often in connection to EVs. That is something conservatives should appreciate (if they can get over their knee-jerk negative reaction to anything viewed as remotely ‘green’).

  2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    10,000 sounds good, but a couple of questions:

    1. What percentage of them are in working order?

    2. What percentage of them are advantageously placed, so that EV drivers can and do use them?

    1. enerc77 says:

      All charging points held by Bollore charging infrastructure works. When they are closed (road works, upgrades) they are listed as unavailable on the web site (https://www.autolib.eu/stations/). They are remotely controlled, so you know their status on website or apps.

      Most charging points are downtown, so good for people not having a plug. The rate is not not that expensive: 1€ per hour for 3.3 kW, and 4€ for the night.
      It’s less expensive than public parkings. I do know companies that own EVs just to save money on parking.

      For intercities, there is a project going on (Corri-Door), but still not usable

    2. wavelet says:

      3. How exactly is “public” defined?
      For example, I don’t consider spots in expensive urban parking garages public, unless you can top-off charge without paying for an hour’s parking.
      4. Do these spots 24/7 access?

      1. Enerc77 says:

        The spots are opened 24/7, just because you can take a Bolloré car anytime. Lots of cars are used at night because less expensive than taxis (and you dont have to wait).
        The charging points are in the street. I have a card for my leaf. I can either use an area for car sharing or use spots dedicated to non Bolloré cars. Billing occurs every month on a credit card.

  3. Anon says:

    Putin made a great comment at the G20 Summit, about why the American Military suddenly decided to hit an ISIL Oil Truck Convoy just after the Paris Attacks, but had known of the group’s illegal sales of Oil that funds them about 50 million dollars a month, since 2007.

    “Possible Civilian Casualties” has been our historical excuse, but after having recently bombed a Hospital and shot doctors and their patients fleeing the rubble– that explanation no longer seems to fit the actual situation. Hmmm.

    Maybe we purposely left them alone, until they got too big? *shrugs*

    Anyways… Vive Le France!!! May she go fully BEV in 10 years.

    1. enerc77 says:

      I don’t thinks what’s happening here in Paris will have any effect on BEV adoption. Oil is bought from so many countries.
      Lower TCO and ICE cars beeing baned from downtown in 5 years will certainly help.

      1. Ocean Railroader says:

        Europe gets the bulk of it’s oil from Russia so if they cut oil demand by 40% it will have major effects on Russia oil revenue.

        What I really want to see happen is see the EV’s destroy OPEC and Saudi Arabia in that I feel a lot of those counties are not our friends are only putting up with us due to us buying their oil.

      2. Someone out there says:

        It doesn’t matter which country you buy oil from, it’s the global market that matters. If you choose Russian oil over Saudi oil it just means that someone else is going to have to choose Saudi oil over Russian.