Corri-Door Charging Infrastructure Project Gets Underway In France

JUL 10 2015 BY MARK KANE 27

Map of charging points (provisional map)

Map of charging points (provisional map)

The first two of 200 new fast charging stations were recently launched in France under the Corri-Door project.

Because Corri-Door is 50% co-financed by the European Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T) Programme and has engaged several partners like EDF (its subsidiary Sodetrel), Renault, Nissan, BMW, Volkswagen and ParisTech (12 engineering and business schools), all chargers will be multi-standard (CHAdeMO, Combo and AC Type 2) with power probably around 50 kW.

The whole network of 200 points along major motorways or at nearby shopping centers will be ready by the end of this year and, according to the press release, the units will be powered by renewable electricity supplied by EDF.

“The first two fast charging points for electric vehicles are now operational at the Bosgouet Nord (A13) and Tardenois Nord (A4) motorway service stations operated by SANEF. The charging points, which can charge an electric vehicle (EV) in under 30 minutes”

“They will be located along major motorways operated by the SANEF Group (SANEF, SAPN), one of the original partners, and APRR and Vinci Autoroutes (ASF, COFIROUTE, ESCOTA), as well as in nearby shopping centres. Positioned at 80 km intervals, Corri-Door charging points make inter-urban driving a reality, thereby removing one of the barriers to the development of electric mobility

The aim of the Corri-Door project is to charge vehicles in the time it takes to have a motorway break: cars can be 80% charged in under 30 minutes. In addition, the Corri-Door intelligent charging points are universal and compatible with all commercially available EVs.

Mobility operator Sodetrel plans to launch its own scheme for the Corri-Door charging service. The Sodetrel Pass will be available from its website, or from service stations that offer the service. Members of other schemes will also be able to use the Corri-Door network to charge their vehicles, since the charging points are interoperable.”

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It looks like Millau would be a tough dark spot to get to.

Not really, its a little over 100km to the southern chargers. Going to Paris would most likely need a station between Millau and the northern charger.

cool, this will increase sales. πŸ™‚

Why do all these car charging things have to be a play on words? CHAdeMO, derived from CHArge de MOve sounds like “Let’s have some tea”. Corri-Door sounds like they’re trying to open the door to running or racing around with your EV. Sigh.

I don’t know what it sounds like to a native speaker of French, but to this English speaker, it does sound like someone trying to be too clever by half.

Not sure but it phoneticaly sound like the word “corridor” to refere to a “pass” or passage.
French like using many english word because they feel it’s so “chic” or in.

Sure, “corridor”, that seems to be the intended pun. According to my Merriam-Webster’s, “corridor” is Middle French, so it’s not a borrowed English word; rather the reverse.

I think the most-used meaning of “corridor” is a synonym for “hallway”, but I note a secondary definition: “a usually narrow passageway or route”; that appears to be the intended meaning here*.

I said “it’s too clever by half” because it appears to be a case of going rather far afield to construct label which is a pun only vaguely related to the intended function.

*For example: “The Northeast Corridor (NEC) is an electrified railway line in the Northeast megalopolis of the United States. Owned primarily by Amtrak, it runs from Boston through New York City, Philadelphia, and Baltimore to Washington, D.C.”

Right on.
But my reference to english wording is about splitting the word corridor in half and adding a o to make door.
So door would also mean gateway and give this name an universalt twist.
And they feel it’s chic to put that word.
French is by nature a language that need to be precise, even in casual conversation more than other.
Just think that we have to give gender to inamate matter and phrase it alltogeher.
Neutral or no gender is less complicated to use.
But, then, it’s not the only intricacy to be complicated.

Djoni said:

“Just think that we have to give gender to inamate matter and phrase it alltogeher.”

But that’s exactly what is done in Spanish. And yeah, it’s a pain to try to have to remember the gender of every noun.

Corridor is also navigational term. Similar meaning to established route and space around it.

Corri-Door – maybe they were thinking:
It’s not sexy, but it works!

LOL! The new motto of InsideEVs!

It’s an EU funded project, tradition is that it should have an acronym that is partly related to the project in some abstract way. So more abstract than others.

I can’t understand how someone could not understand the meaning of the name. It’s super obvious.

And it’s also a very good word to use since it exist in many countries in Europe

(French = corridor, Italian = corridoio, english = corridor, German = korridor, Swedish = korridor, esperanto = koridoro etc.)

So they could not have chosen a better name. Easy to understand, works in all countries and directly tell you exactly what it is.

And Portuguese and Spanish corredor.

Oh, more 50kW chargers. The mindset still hasn’t changed.

Very cool. Maybe someday we’ll have a single standard. These multiple charging standards are annoying as hell, and does the end user no favors at all.

Drives me bat s**t crazy, especially the ones that are basically the same volts/amps/DC-AC spec. This will take years to undo once we decide which standard we want to use.

The EU already made a decision to use CCS/Combo-2 for DC and Mennekes Type-2 for AC. People and companies complained and so it was changed to also allow CHAdeMO, as long as the other two are also provided.

Unfortunately many manufacturers still don’t even provide a EU-standard Type-2 socket on their cars.

Thats not correct, the orginial EU Directive says Typ2 as standard by 2017 and for Combo the directive says: “at least with connectors of the combined charging system Combo2” That means CCS is ONLY a minimum standard from end 2017! Other plugs can be also installed in 2018… And in end 2014 CHAdeMO was accepted as IEC EU Standard for fast charging. So Multicharger are necessary.
There were much of truble because german brands say they are using EU Standard, but its only MINIMUM standard by end of 2017. And today they still adtvertise it, only in Germany.

The fact that CHAdeMO was accepted as “an” IEC EU Standard does not mean that it is mandatory to install it on every new Charger post 2017:
The EU directive only says that the only one mandatory Standard is Combo2, CHAdeMO is still possible but optional after 2017.

Of the cars that don’t use Type-2, how many don’t have CHAdeMO? I know the Leaf is Type-1 globally, but with CHAdeMO and the common use of socketed charging stations, why is it a problem? The tethered Type-2 are almost all “Fast AC” points, aren’t they? Type-2 to Type-1 cables are easy to buy for socketed stations.

Two questions:
– what will charging cost?
– how many chargers per site?

Also I’m sick of these payment schemes. European countries are really small.. now I have to buy another card? Come on… Why can’t I pay with my debit card like at any gas pump? My newest one already had an RFID chip…

Because a debit card is an expensive way to pay for what would likely be small transactions.

In the Netherlands this is for free. I know that this is not everywhere but it should be..

My (American) debit card just takes money out of my checking account, without any additional fee charged. Don’t they have a similar setup in Europe?

Go nuclear powered cars!

I see what you did there. πŸ™‚