Thanks to a series of state requirements and measures dictated by the government to achieve sustainability goals in the economy, France is laying the groundwork for hotels to increase the number of charging points on their premises this year.
In fact, some companies have already announced their future projects.
Recently, a new amendment to the Mobility Orientation Law (LOM) was enacted, requiring hotels with more than 20 parking spaces to provide charging stations for electric vehicles.
This measure will be effective starting January 1, 2025.
Thus, hotel chains that do not yet have this technology must implement it during the current year.
One of the companies that has already confirmed the deployment of charging points at its facilities is B&B.
In February 2023, it announced that it will install 4,200 units at its various locations by the end of this year.
The project will be carried out in collaboration with the company Engie Solutions.
The terminals will be distributed across 345 hotels nationwide, representing a coverage of 20% of the company’s parking spaces.
Specifically, 3,600 of these points will be slow-charging at 22 kilowatts, while the remaining 600 terminals will be ultra-fast at 300 kilowatts.
However, one of the obstacles is the expense involved in installing the equipment.
It is estimated that a charging solution costs between 1,000 and 5,000 euros per terminal.
This amount includes the price of the terminal, installation-related costs, and expenses for the electrical panel.
Nevertheless, to encourage the development of charging infrastructure, the government provides assistance and economic incentives.
Throughout 2024, the tax credit for the installation of terminals in homes will be in effect.
The subsidy provides individuals with an amount ranging from 300 to 500 euros, and the installation must be carried out by a professional with a certificate in Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure (IRVE).
Additionally, all companies deciding to install chargers will benefit from the ADVENIR charging point financing program.
These aids can range from 20 per cent to 50 per cent of the total cost, depending on the type of business and the target audience.
Furthermore, the installation of these hubs offers the opportunity to generate additional income, as the owner can choose the mode of payment for the service.
Options include through pay-per-use access or by incorporating the service into the room or parking price. This way, the investment will be profitable for the entrepreneur.
For these reasons, a variety of hotels with charging facilities are already featured on the map.
In Paris, some electric vehicle-friendly hotels with positive reviews include Adéle & Jules, Courtyard by Marriott, Saint James, Le Bristol, Chateaubriand, among others.
On the other hand, in the interior of the country, whether on the coasts or in rural areas, other options emerge.
Among them are Château Les Oliviers de Salette, Maison des Ambassadeurs, Terre Blanche Golf Resort, Les Lodges Sainte-Victoire, and La Villa Mauresque.
By September, 20% of units in national fleets must be electric
As of December 31, 2023, the French nation has 118,009 public charging points.
This figure represents a 48% increase compared to the numbers recorded in 2022.
This growth is accompanied by continuous development in the low and zero-emission vehicle market.
Last month, the combined market share of electric vehicles (17%) and plug-in hybrids (9%) within the total car sales reached 26.5%.
This led to a total registration figure of 57,499 units.
However, the target set by the LOM is to have a 20% share of pure electric vehicles in national fleets by September 1, 2024.