France Reveals Charging Point Density Map

OCT 7 2014 BY MARK KANE 16

Share of standard, accelerated and rapid charging points (l’Avere-France)

Share of standard, accelerated and rapid charging points (l’Avere-France)

France, as one of the major electric car markets, has also one of the largest and most dense charging points network in the world.

There are now some 8,600 spots available for public use with various density distributed throughout the country. Some places like Paris have thousands of charging points thanks to the Autolib car sharing project.

There is also note about share of different type of points (in terms of power) – 81% are standard (read typical Level 2 equivalent), 13% of accelerated which are 22 kW and need 3-phase charging capability, and finally there are some 2% fast charging points.

With well over 1,000 accelerated points, France is Renault ZOE paradise. The nation’s second best-selling EV, the Nissan LEAF,  has available just over 110 DC CHAdeMO chargers to gulp down a fast charge at.

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Charge points, and presumably electric car sales, map well against wealth in France, as those are the richest areas.

That also of course largely applies to the US.

It is perhaps a bit depressing that tax breaks in the US and straight subsidy in France is going to the Riviera classes.

T’es donc bin chialeux mec.

It’s good that rich people like electric cars.

Perhaps you can’t help your ignorance, but you could avoid displaying it.

The above was to would be clever LuStucc

George, of course I agree.

Its appropriate that the risk of new technology is borne by those most capable of weathering the burden when things go wrongs.

Its egalitarian that the Riviera classes drive Renaults.

Yep, it is inevitable.

I just remarked on what jumped out from the map when I saw it.

One way or another, in every country, the rich and politically connected can always figure out a way that they ‘deserve’ a tax break, and so pay a lower rate than the working stiff.

As Warren Buffett says, ‘Why do I pay a lower rate of tax than my secretary?’

That I happen to agree with the desirability of the objective, the electrification of transport,in this case, doesn’t alter that somewhat dodgy general theme.

“Yep, it is inevitable.” one commentator proudly proclaims after noticing that the greatest number of EV chargers in France are clustered in and around the large cities.

This is due to a conspiracy on the part of the rich according to our commentator.

But, wait a minute — those dark green areas on the map are where the chargers will be needed the most. The population and therefore the demand will be greatest in those areas.

There are more bakery shops in Paris than Perpignan in the south of France, simply because there are more people to feed in Paris..

There are more bakeries in big cities for the simple reason that there is a greater demand for them there. There is also more demand for EV charging points in the big cities than in the French countryside.

There’s no conspiracy of the rich against the poor involved here. It’s just simple, common sense. The French are going to install the EV chargers where they are needed most.

It would be best if the working class had bought Fiskers.

All the dark green areas on the charger map are the major population centers.

There are more gas stations in Paris, Lyons, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Marseilles, etc, than the small towns.

The same thing is true for EV chargers. The dark green on the map are the largest cities in France .

This is exactly where you would expect to find the most gas stations and likewise the most EV chargers.

I don’t see any great conspiracy from the Riviera Class at work here. Putting more chargers where there more people is just common sense.

The chargers are not just used by the rich. but also by EV rental cars, motorcycles, and by electric delivery vans, electric bicycles, taxis and so on.

Yup, it looks like it indeed…


to io:

Yes sir, that pretty much sums it up.

Instead of a density map; a more useful map would show regional “road networks” that could be traversed with each type of charging network (ie: how far can travel a route using same network of chargers).

1. Standard charging: used for home, or destination charging (session takes hours)
2. Accelerated charging: at higher trafic destinations (session lasts approx hour),
3. Rapid charging points: for en-route traveling (charge session is fraction of hour, or minutes)

A great density map would be kWh charged. This not only highlights charger usage, but an early indicator to where additional chargers will be needed. A charger poorly located and not used has little value (likely broken).

France has the second largest source of EUROPEAN 0 CO2 electricity next to Norway.


am I wrong?

I’m from the US so I must be wrong.

France should be an EV haven.

Think your asking lowest CO2 production?

Norway gets ~90% of electric power from hydro.
France gets a majority of electric power from nuclear.

Norway and France are likely amoung lowest CO2 producers related to grid electricity production vs. other countries.

I’m wondering how many of those support standard Type 2 fast charging, not the France specific Type 3