By the end of 2022, more than 400 service areas will be equipped with ultra-fast charging stations for electric cars, according to the Minister of Transport. On Twitter, Jean-Baptise Djebbari unveiled the strategy, which consists of subsidizing the installation of terminals in the motorway environment. What if the promises were finally kept?
A few months after the impossible “100,000 terminal plan”, the government unveils its strategy to accelerate the installation of ultra-fast stations on the motorway. Supporting the map of France, the Minister for Transport Jean-Baptiste Djebbari promises to equip 440 service areas on motorways and expressways by the end of 2022.
“All service areas of the concession motorway network will be equipped with recharging stations for electric vehicles by January 1, 2023” specifies the government. The goal, revealed on the Minister’s Twitter account, has put stars in the eyes of many electric car drivers. Is this promise finally the right one?
Do you see these dots?
Today, they are service areas. Within 2 years, these will be service areas WITH VERY FAST CHARGING TERMINALS. pic.twitter.com/26c8fUSrjt
– Jean-Baptiste Djebbari (@Djebbari_JB) February 14, 2021
150 kW power stations
In view of the generous subsidies that will be granted to operators, the plan should have real effects. In a decree published on February 14, the government plans to finance 10 to 30% of the costs of installing ultra-fast stations on the motorway. A 10% bonus will also be granted to the first 150 charging points in order to speed up the process.
To benefit from it, operators must install at least 4 terminals. Half must have a minimum power of 150 kW. The aid is all the more interesting as it can be combined with the assumption of up to 75% of the costs of connection to the network.
An envelope of 100 million euros
The budget of 100 million euros allocated to this mechanism appears to be in line with the objectives. The price of an ultra-fast terminal excluding installation amounting to 50,000 to 100,000 euros for the most powerful.
Operators can file a file from today until June 30, 2022. If the map published by the government only reveals the areas of the licensed motorway network, those located on expressways and free highways are also concerned. The plan should allow France to catch up in this area. The major axes of our northern European neighbors are currently much better equipped with ultra-fast charging stations.