France: Half of highway ‘aires’ have fast charging for EVs
At the time of departure for vacation in France, half of the highway ‘aires’, that is to say, 164, are now equipped with fast-charging stations. In theory, this allows a recharge to 80% in less than 20 minutes. However, all the areas must be equipped by the end of 2022.
France now has 43 700 charging stations for electric vehicles open to the public and has accelerated their installation since the beginning of this year. 11 000 additional charging stations have been installed since January (33%), including 5 000 in the last two months, said the Ministry of Ecological Transition, which had set in October 2020 a target of 100 000 charging stations by the end of 2021.
Speed up the efforts
“The year 2021 marks a real acceleration on the deployment of charging stations, but we know that we still need to accelerate more because it remains one of the main levers for the development of electric vehicles,” said the Minister of Ecological Transition, Barbara Pompili, in a statement.
However, with the ‘Fit for 55’ package that the European Commission put on the table on Thursday, the Ministers also said that the manufacturers would have to speed up their efforts concerning combustion engines.
The Fit for 55 package concerns all the revisions and initiatives linked to the European Green Deal climate actions and, in particular, the climate target plan’s 55% net reduction target.
One of the initiatives that the European Commission has proposed is to reduce CO2 emissions from new cars in the EU to zero from 2035, which would de facto stop sales of gasoline and diesel vehicles at that date in favor of 100% electric drives.
New measures and an acceleration plan
France now has more than 612 000 public and private charging points, including company parking lots, condominiums, and individuals. 2 700 of them have a power greater than 50 kilowatts. In Europe, France has the most charging points, along with the Netherlands and Germany.
For some years already, the French government has claimed its ambition to reach seven million charging points by 2030.
Electric vehicle sales accounted for 7,9% of the French market in the first half of 2021, compared with 6,3% in 2020. According to manufacturer figures, plug-in hybrids accounted for 7,8% of the market, compared with 2,8% in 2020.
According to Jean-Baptiste Djebarri, the Minister Delegate for Transport, the French government will announce new measures and an acceleration plan in September, together with the automotive industry.