The 27 member countries of the European Union have agreed to impose an increase in the number of terminals on their road networks. But France is still lagging behind…
Although the number of terminals has increased very markedly along our roads in recent years, whereas today there are just under 60,000 throughout the territory, it is still far from be sufficient. Because in addition to concerns related to the autonomy of electric cars, another problem arises: that of the availability of terminals.
And for good reason, while the electric market is on the rise, with a market share going from 7.1% in 2021 to 11.9% this year, charging infrastructure is under attack. Hence the interest in accelerating their development in France, but also in other European countries.
Objective: one terminal every 60 km
In order to move things forward, the 27 member countries of the European Union met at a major meeting which took place in Luxembourg a few days ago. The purpose of this summit? Vote on the texts of the “Fit for 55” climate package, presented in 2021 by the European Commission, which brings together a series of measures aimed at reducing CO2 emissions in Europe by 55% by 2030.
In addition to the ban on the sale of thermal cars in 2035, which will be debated in the coming days, participants also had a discussion on the increase in the number of fast charging stations in Europe. Objective: that there are at least one “of at least 150 kWh” every 60 km on the entire road network over the next few years. As our colleagues from Challenges point out, this measure should apply from 2025 on the main roads and from 2030 on the secondary network.
France still late
For the time being, this measure is only a proposal, which does not yet have any real legal value. But if that ends up being the case, then France will have to get active, since we are still very behind on this subject. As of March 31, 2022, 57,732 charging points were counted across the entire tricolor network, according to a report from Avere. Although the organization was satisfied with the 54% increase in the number of terminals in one year, this is still very far from the objective announced by the government.
As a reminder, he then promised to provide no less than 100,000 infrastructures charge at the end of 2020. While approximately 862,455 electric and plug-in hybrid cars are currently circulating in France, an average of 15 vehicles connected per terminal is required, which is insufficient. According to an ACEA report published last year, our country had a rather average network, with 4.1 terminals every 100 km, thus placing itself far behind the Netherlands (47.5 terminals every 100 km) .
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