Published on May 4 in the official journal, the revision of the decree 2017-26 relating to public charging stations puts an end to the CHAdeMO standard obligation on high-power stations.
The end of the CHAdeMO standard is emerging in France. While a decree dating from 2017 made it mandatory on fast terminals alongside the Combo and Type 2 until the end of 2024, the government has revised its plans. Published in its revised version on Tuesday, May 4, the text puts an end to the obligation of the Japanese standard. Counting from today, only the Combo and Type 2 standards (22 kW minimum) are imposed on the high power terminals. This concerns new installations, but also replaced terminals.
Is this “exit” from CHAdeMO a surprise? Not really ! If we look at the new market, almost all manufacturers now integrate the Combo. Nissan Leaf, Lexus UX 300e, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross…, a few die-hards have retained the Japanese standard, but now represent only a tiny part of the market.
The choice of operators
While the CHAdeMO standard is no longer mandatory on fast terminals, each operator remains free to deploy it if he wishes. And it’s a safe bet that some choose to continue integrating the standard to meet demand.
New electric cars are mainly equipped with the Combo, but the CHAdeMO was dominant on the first generations of electric vehicles. In France, more than 20,000 Leaf have been sold since 2015. If we add the Peugeot iOn / Citroën C-Zero / Mitsubishi i-Miev triplet, we easily exceed the 30,000 vehicles in circulation equipped with the standard. In addition, there are all foreign owners who will necessarily need CHAdeMO terminals during their holidays in France.
Focus on service quality
Beyond the big technical point related to CHAdeMO, the new decree introduces other changes.
In particular, it highlights the necessary infrastructure interoperability and introduces quality of service obligations. The text thus requires operators and interoperability platforms to make their commitments public and to “periodically report” on the quality levels achieved. Another decree to come will specify these different provisions.
The decree also specifies that the maintenance operations must be carried out by professionals holding an IRVE qualification. A check of the terminals must also be carried out at least once a year.