Soon more terminals than electric cars?

Paradox: large cities are an ideal playing field for electric mobility, and yet it is there where it is most difficult to make it prosper due to the lack of density of recharging points.

How often do we hear city dwellers say that if they had the means to charge worthy of the name, they would switch to so-called “zero emission” mobility without hesitation?

But things are changing fast, as illustrated by the big announcement over the weekend: the opening of France’s largest electric car park, equipped with 505 charging stations, located in the heart of Paris.

The Madeleine-Tronchet car park, managed by Saemes (the public limited company that operates the Paris City Hall car park), thus offers terminals in 7 and 22 kW (semi-rapid, therefore) spread over the six levels of the underground car park. . The advantage of this central location is that it is very easy to come and “refuel” for a few hours.

In addition, the rates remain reasonable (for Paris, of course) at 40 cents per kWh, to which however you have to add 50 cents for access to the service and, of course, the right to park in the car park (13, €2 for 3 hours, for example).

Even so, this deployment is good news for Parisian electromobilists, who by the end of the year will be able to take advantage of nearly 600 more terminals in two other Saemes car parks (Jean Bouin car park in the 16th district and Bergson-Saint-Augustin in the 8th). , bringing the total number of terminals to 1,100.

These terminals are added to those of the Belib’ network, which already has 2,200 devices on the street, and the goal is to reach 8,400 recharging points in the capital by 2024.

So things have progressed pretty quickly since the start of the year on the cargo front. There are currently nearly 58,000 supply points open to the public, a figure that represents an increase of 54% in one year.

« While the “number of vehicles per charging point” ratio deteriorated considerably in 2020 (we were at 10.32 100% electric vehicles per charging point), there has been a real improvement since the end of 2021. “, welcomes Avere-France, association for the promotion of electric mobility. ” Today, the ratio is 9.68 100% electric vehicles per charging point. This confirms that the speed of deployment of charging points finally seems to be ahead of the records. »

Around 800,000 plug-in hybrid and 100% electric cars are currently on the road in France, with plug-in cars accounting for 20% of new car sales since the beginning of the year, up from 14% the year before.

Demand is growing, despite component shortages and the still high costs of electrified models, which still reserve them for a small proportion of the population.

The other good news, in terms of collection, comes from the condominiums. According to an evaluation by the FNAIM, 50 to 60% of collective car parks will be equipped at charging points in 5-6 years. In the coming months, training will be organized for trustees and social owners.

Things are moving just as fast on the supermarket side. Among them, Carrefour, which will offer 5,000 charging points in its car parks by 2025, with powers ranging from 22 to 300 kW. Casino, for its part, will display about thirty Tesla superchargers in their car parks between the end of 2022 and 2023. These Superchargers will be accessible to owners of other brands.

Highway companies are also committed to the deployment of fast terminals essential for long-distance mobility.

Sanef, which manages 1,800 km of highways, will offer some 500 fast-charging points spread over 72 zones by the end of the year. Vinci Autoroutes, which already has 348 charging points in 99 areas, will have equipped its entire network by 2023.

Therefore, the ecosystem of electric mobility is gradually being installed. With the deployment of electrical terminals intensifying, the deficiencies in the recharging infrastructure will soon cease to be an excuse to continue driving in heat.

Under these conditions, we can only urge manufacturers to develop accessible electric models, in the spirit of dacian spring. Instead, they continue to hang high-end models, each one more sophisticated than the last.

Last week, the Volkswagen Group’s chief financial officer told the Financial Times that the company would now be more interested in its margins than its sales growth in the context of electrification.

In other words, top-of-the-range priority for one of the world’s largest automobile groups! However, only the development of economic models will allow us to carry out this so-called “clean” mobility revolution that concerns us all today.

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