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Charging electric cars: Advenir boosts its subsidies

A real lever for the deployment of charging points in France, the Advenir device changes its formula and now includes fast charging with aid of up to 9,000 euros. With Cécile Goubet, General Delegate of Avere France, Automobile Propre looks back on the main changes in the system.

Launched in 2016 under the aegis of the French Ministry of Ecology, the Advenir program is gaining new impetus in the wake of an automotive recovery plan strongly focused on the development of electric mobility. With a budget of 100 million euros, the new version of the system plans to finance 45,000 new charging points in France by the end of 2023 and introduces many changes.

There was a real desire to readapt Avenir to the reality on the ground “, Emphasizes Cécile Goubet, general delegate of Avere France, which manages the system on behalf of the ministry.

Eligible fast charging: up to € 9,000 per charging point

For charging points open to the public, the calculation method has also been reviewed. Now based on the charging power delivered, Advenir assistance ranges from € 2,100 to € 2,700 excluding tax per charging point for alternating current (AC) terminals and now includes fast charging terminals. The premium can go up to € 9,000 excluding tax per charging point for direct current terminals with a charging power greater than 40 kW.

In addition to changes in amounts, new technical constraints are imposed on project leaders. Preparing for the democratization of kWh billing, the MID meter becomes compulsory for AC load. Formerly optional, load control is also imposed.

Charging powerAid rateMax amount per charging point
3.7 – 11 kW60%€ 2,100 excl.
> 11 – 22 kW60%€ 2,700 excl.
> 20 kW DC60%5 500 € HT
> 40 kW DC50%€ 9,000 excl.

Limited time

Avere France has voluntarily imposed a relatively short deadline to benefit from the current amounts. Entitled “boost”, the operation runs until October 31, 2021 and is in line with the target of 100,000 charging points announced by the government as part of the recovery plan. By limiting deadlines, Avere wants to encourage project leaders to position themselves as soon as possible to orchestrate their deployments.

In the private sector, companies are the ones invited to position themselves the fastest. If the maximum amount remains capped at € 960 excluding tax for the duration of the program, the maximum rate of aid will be gradually reduced. It will drop from 40% to 30% next year and then to 20% the next two years.

The idea is to give a “premium” to those who deploy the fastest with funding that outstrips regulatory obligations [2025 NDLR] », Emphasizes Cécile Goubet. As with the previous device, the terminals must be purchased from partners listed by Advenir and the installation must be carried out within six months of acceptance of the file.

Collective residential: funding unchanged

On the collective housing side, Advenir does not make any significant change from the previous program. The funding levels remain the same with support of up to € 960 per charging point in the event of individual request and up to € 1,660 collectively. In both cases, the amount allocated may not exceed 50% of the investment.

In terms of connection, specific aid is also allocated to condominiums wishing to engage in collective deployment. Flat-rate and limited to 50% of the investment, the aid is set at € 4,000 for parking lots with up to 50 spaces. Beyond that, it is increased by 75 € / additional space within the limit of 15,000 € per joint ownership. For the equipment of outdoor car parks, additional aid of € 3,000 will finance up to 50% of road works.

Like Enedis, Avere France advocates pre-equipment to facilitate deployments. ” The idea is that installing a terminal is as easy as taking out an internet subscription », Emphasizes Cécile Goubet.

The retrofit and charging hubs soon to be funded

Beyond equipment aid for new equipment, Avere France plans to integrate a premium dedicated to retrofitting into the Advenir system. ” Our idea is to support the pioneering territories which were the first to deploy in the early 2010s to standardize the network and the quality of service “, summarizes Cécile Goubet. “ Some are still equipped with Type 3 sockets [ancien standard NDLR] while others are neither supervised nor interoperable. There are also problems on the communication part. Some terminals equipped with 2G modem will soon no longer be able to operate », She explains.

What about funding? ” We are in the process of finalizing things. These will not be the same amounts as those displayed for the new one, but we will also have a power approach »Explains our interviewee. ” In the end, this will allow the territories to choose between the cost of these modifications and the switch to new equipment. “. Still under discussion, the device should be launched quickly. ” We are currently finalizing the last details. On the other hand, it is quite likely that it will be launched with a limited duration of action. “Warns the General Delegate of Avere.

Another hot topic: that of the financing of charging hubs, a fashionable term which designates urban electric service stations combining different types of charging. ” On this device, we will start with funding per station and not per charging point. This will be another organization with an ad hoc procedure that will be put in place in 2021. The idea is to have real charging stations with AC and DC, targeting in particular EPZs »Summarizes Cécile Goubet.

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