According to the EVBox mobility barometer, 4 in 10 French motorists would switch to electric if (ultra) fast charging stations were to increase.
How many private and especially public decision-makers for the development of charging networks, and even manufacturers of electric and plug-in hybrid cars, have so far missed this essential element of fast charging? For the past ten years, Automobile Propre and the pioneers of connected mobility, often united in associations, then the new electromobilians, have continuously sounded the alarm on this subject.
Since households use their cars just as well to get to the office a few kilometers away as for weekend getaways and vacations across France, and even in neighboring countries and beyond, it is necessary to provide regions with recharging infrastructures compatible with these scenarios.
Simply installing 22 kW terminals on a massive scale will only partially meet the needs. Now that the batteries of electric cars can more and more swallow several hundred kilometers without stopping, a mesh is needed. It’s a must!
One of the main points of uncertainty
White zones, fast-charging networks shut down, single high-power terminal per station and only accepting one electric car at a time, complicated payment methods, poor displays, etc. : All these problems reported by the media, a neighbor, or a family member block motorists in their desire to switch to electric.
This new mobility barometer confirms that French drivers are among the best informed in Europe, 68% of them knowing the difference between fast charging and normal charging. Electric cars are mature, and charging systems are too: all that remains is to develop efficient and accessible networks.
This is in substance what is once again recalled by the survey carried out by Ipsos on behalf of EVBox: “The uncertainty of finding charging points along the road is cited as one of the main obstacles to electric mobility. Only 25% of French citizens think they will be able to charge on the road “. A percentage which climbs however to 42% among those who have already become electromobiliens. It is best in areas that offer more extensive networks. Thus in the Netherlands (52%) and Germany (60%).
Charging mainly at home
Once again, the study provided by EVBox highlights that European drivers charge their electric cars mainly at home (73%), and increasingly at the workplace (40%). Habits that can be satisfied with 22 kW terminals, and even 7 kW of power.
For long journeys, European motorists want to find (ultra) fast chargers in public parking lots in town (41%), in supermarkets (35%), motorway service areas and stations (35%), shopping centers and other supermarkets (32%), but also in workplaces (32%). Currently, this equipment is mainly used on highways (55%), near shops (48%), and in parking lots in urban areas (47%).
In France, only 22% of drivers are opposed to paying more for fast charging. Among the expectations expressed for high-power chargers: indicators that display the status of the operation in progress and the availability of the station (40%), interactive touch screens (34%), good lighting (28% ), and an efficient cable management system (25%).
The rise of fast charging
43% of European electromobilians now use high-power chargers between 3 and 10 times a month. “The EVBox mobility barometer confirms the need for ultra-fast charging stations in order to further accelerate the energy transition of the French vehicle fleet”, commented on the study Corinne Frasson, Director France of EVBox.
She hopes that the situation in France will develop positively with the various actions of the recovery plan and, in particular, the government’s commitment to provide a network made up of at least 100,000 charging points. Provided that network managers do not forget about high power chargers.
The new version of the Advenir program makes the installation of such equipment open to the public eligible for aid of 9,000 euros. The government intends to mobilize an extension of 100 million euros to support the development of ultra-fast charging along motorway and national areas.
We must act quickly: the increase in the number of electric cars and utilities in circulation is causing more and more queues at certain times and on certain days. Quite simply inconceivable for French motorists!