France says goodbye to mandatory CHAdeMO fast-charging
In a new decree, France writes off the obligation to use the Japanese CHAdeMO standard on all high-power fast-charging stations. European CCS and Type 2 connectors will remain mandatory for all new or updated installations. That being said, operators are free to continue to use the plug, as some Japanese cars still depend on it for high-power charging.
France is taking a step back on its 2017 decree, which made the CHAdeMO connector mandatory on all fast-charging stations until 2024. This obligation led charging networks, such as Ionity, to install additional 50 kW CHAdeMO charging points alongside their CCS high-power DC stations, just to comply with the legislation. It is now a thing of the past.
Freedom of choice
The French government correcting its decree and deleting the obligation to equip all fast-charging stations with a CHAdeMO connector doesn’t make the standard obsolete. What changes now is the fact that operators are free to install the plug or not.
After all, a few new cars still depend on it to fast charge, such as the Nissan Leaf or the Lexus UX300e, without forgetting all the previous generations of EVs still on the road. The French legislation is now clearer. CCS and Type 2 connectors remain mandatory respectively for DC and AC charging.
Quality of service
At the same time, France writes obligations in terms of quality of service and requirements of interoperability in its legislation. Platforms and operators will now have to make their engagements public and maintenance operations will have to be carried out by IRVE (Infrastructure de Recharge des Véhicules Electriques) qualified personnel.