There Are Now 23,000 Public Charging Points In France

SEP 24 2018 BY MARK KANE 8

There is now over 10,000 places to charge in France.

The number of public charging points in France increased within a year by some 14.8% to 23,019, installed at 10,060 sites.

The increase of just 3,000 compared to 20,000 in September 2017 doesn’t sound encouraging, especially when there was hope for 100,000 by the end of 2020.

Currently, there are around 6.5 electric cars per one public charging point in France. Only several percent of those charging points are DC fast chargers:

  • roughly half is below 20 kW
  • almost half is between 20-45 kW
  • 6% are above 45 kW (DC fast chargers)

The reasons behind the relatively slow pickup of charging infrastructure is that BEV sales didn’t grow fast (just +16% in the first eight months). The other thing is the death of Autolib, which also absorbed some of the charging infrastructure.

The third reason is low revenues from commercial charging networks – just see the example of 200 Corri-Door fast chargers along major routes.

23,000 Charging Points In France – September 2018 (source: L’Avere-France)

source: L’Avere-France

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Tres bien!

Interesting that with the bankruptcy of Autolib’, which provided both electric car sharing and public charging points, the Parisian area, Paris and suburbs had a huge loss of coverage since Autolib’ had a monopoly in public stations in that area. There were some small companies that had to replace their entire fleets of EVs to ICEs in order to remain in business. I hope this provides an example of what can happen when the charging points (or anything elese) are delegated to a monopolist company by the government.

It still seems a lot, relative to the current number of EVs on the roads in France (which is a small enough percentage to be almost a statistical error).

The number of charging points will undoubtedly ramp up during the 2020s, as EVs start hitting the roads.

The fact that for the same amount of work that a Californian would buy a Tesla Model S they can get only a Renault Zoe must discourage them from buying electric. For many years they were not even allowed to buy the Zoe with the battery, being forced to accept their loaned battery protected by DRM that can be disabled if any payment is missed, leaving a unsuspecting owner stranded.

I am visiting Saint Malo at this time. I am surprised by the number of charging stations compared to very limited number of EVs I have seen in the last 3 days (2 Leafs and an i3). Hopefully Renault/Nissan can improve their market share.

I know many people in France that consider themselves ecologically minded but that believe that a electric car needs 20 hours for a full charge, costs at least 70000€, the battery require replacement every 50000km and that they pollute a lot since their electricity comes from nuclear. I didn’t even bother to explain much.

Just how many of these are 22kw?

Considering the efficency, rate of recharge, and range of zoe. Its really easy for france to standardise on 22kw ac. France is not large, and a zoe can go a long way, particulary if there is AC at the destination anyway.

If people never use DC, how long can it exist?

“There are now”, “There is now”… whatEVah.