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Date: May 6, 2024
Top 10: Which CPOs offer the most affordable rates in France?
By Lucía Colaluce
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Top 10: Which CPOs offer the most affordable rates in France?

When choosing where to charge electric vehicles, price is a significant factor. Engie, Carrefour, and Ionity stand out in this regard. What rates do the main CPOs offer in France?
Engie CPO charging station France

The demand for electric vehicles (EVs) is growing in France, and indeed, it is necessary for the charging infrastructure to keep pace.

In fact, the Alternative Fuels Observatory reported the existence of 127,530 chargers in the country as of the first quarter of the year. 

It’s worth mentioning that each charging point operator (CPO) establishes its own pricing structure, influenced by variables such as the cost per kilowatt-hour (kWh), parking fees, CPO fixed costs, and charges billed per minute.

Which CPO offers the most affordable prices in France? Below, Mobility Portal Europe shares the data.

1. Engie

Engie’s charging point.

Engie provides a range of predetermined home electric charging amounts, expressed based on energy consumption per 100 kilometers and differentiated between rates applied during peak and off-peak hours.

For a vehicle with an energy consumption of 12 kilowatt-hour, the cost of covering that distance during peak hours is 2.22 euros, while during off-peak hours it reduces to 1.34 euros per 100 kilometers.

On the other hand, for a vehicle with an energy consumption of 20 kilowatt-hour, the price for covering the same distance during peak hours increases to 3.70 euros, while during off-peak hours it decreases to 2.24 euros.

2. Carrefour

Carrefour charging station EVs france
Carrefour charging station.

The renowned supermarket chain offers a variety of electric charging services in its establishments, tailored to meet the needs of different types of electric vehicles.

For example, the Carrefour Market in Gerzat provides a free service for the first hour on a 22-kilowatt terminal, provided you have a loyalty card or Carrefour PASS

After the first hour, charging is billed at 0.30 euros per kilowatt-hour, which according to Driveco, represents a saving of ten cents compared to the average price observed in France.

In this case, the total value once reaching 100 kilometers is six euros.

It also offers a fast or ultra-fast charging service, ranging from 50 to 150 kilowatts, designed for vehicles compatible with this technology.

In terms of pricing, the rates offered by Carrefour are on the lower end of the market: 0.49 euros per kilowatt-hour for fast chargers and 0.54 euros per kilowatt-hour for ultra-fast terminals.

In these cases, the total charging cost per 100 kilometers would be 9.80 euros and 10.80 euros respectively.

3. Ionity

Ionity’s station near Aix-en-Provence, in Rousset, France.

The charging rates provided by Ionity consist of an average cost of 0.39 euros per kilowatt-hour at 50-kilowatt terminals, while at 350-kilowatt terminals it is 0.69 euros.

This translates to a total cost of 7.80 euros for covering 100 kilometers charging at slow terminals, and 13.80 euros at fast terminals.

Similarly, they significantly reduced the cost of their monthly subscription, called Passport, which now stands at just 5.99 euros

With this subscription, users can access a rate of 0.39 euros per kilowatt-hour at higher-power terminals.

According to the company’s calculations, this subscription is attractive for users who recharge at least 30 kilowatts per month on their network. 

This equates to covering a quick distance of 150 kilometers, considering an energy consumption of 20 kilowatts per 100 kilometers traveled.

4. Tesla Supercharger

Tesla Superchargers in France
Tesla’s Supercharger price range is between 6.80 and 9.20 euros.

The rates at Tesla’s Superchargers are mainly differentiated by time slots and charging power in France. 

During off-peak hours, from 12 a.m. to four p.m., prices range between 0.34 euros and 0.46 euros per kilowatt-hour, resulting in a total cost ranging from 6.80 to 9.20 per 100 kilometers traveled.

On the other hand, during peak hours, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., prices range between 0.38 euros and 0.51 euros per kilowatt-hour, reaching between 7.60 euros and 10.20 euros per 100 kilometers.

Additionally, in some locations, a striking price of 0.15 euros is applied. 

It’s worth mentioning that a sort of fine is applied for cars occupying the parking space with full charging, ranging from 0.50 to one euro per minute.

5. Izivia

The provided data indicates that Izivia offers a rate of around 0.38 euros per kilowatt-hour at terminals up to 50 kilowatts. 

Assuming a consumption of 20 kilowatt-hours per 100 kilometers, then the total charging cost would be 7.60 euros.

This competitive rate provides an economical option for electric vehicle owners looking to recharge at slow and medium power terminals in France.

6. EVZen

EVZen offers two different rates depending on the power of its charging terminals.

For direct current (DC) terminals with a power range of 50 to 240 kilowatts, the rate is 0.49 euros per kilowatt-hour. 

Similarly, for alternating current (AC) stations with a power range of 7 to 22 kilowatts, the rate is 0.39 euros per kilowatt-hour.

Therefore, for DC hubs, the charging cost would be 9.80 euros per 100 kilometers, while for AC devices it would be 7.80 euros.

7. Fastned

Fastned charging station in France.

In the case of Fastned, the costs of electric charging at the hubs, the standard price is 0.59 euros per kilowatt-hour for terminals of up to 22 kilowatts.

However, there is the option to obtain a preferential rate by registering as a Gold Member, which reduces the price to 0.45 euros per kilowatt-hour.

Gold plan members enjoy a preferential rate, where 14 euros reduces the price per kilowatt-hour, so the total charging cost per 100 kilometers would be 9.00 euros.

For non-subscribers, the total cost of charging for every 100 kilometers would be 11.80 euros.

8. Total Energies

The data provided by the company reveals the charging values at its stations, differentiated by their power.

In terminals of up to 50 kilowatts, where the price per hour is 0.52 euros, the total charging cost per 100 kilometers would be 10.40 euros.

In terminals with higher power, where the price per kilowatt-hpur is 0.62 euros, the total charging cost per 100 kilometers would be 12.40 euros.

For those users with charging equipment at their homes, Total Energies offers the “Charge’Heures” option, which allows access to electricity generated from wind and solar sources at half price during the night, specifically between two and six in the morning.

Additionally, a favourable rate is maintained during off-peak hours, from 11 p.m. to two a.m., as well as from six to seven in the morning.

It is important to note that the price per kilowatt-hour does not include taxes and is set at the regulated selling price.

9. Allego

Allego charging points.

The company establishes a standard rate of 0.60 euros per kilowatt-hour at charging stations of up to 22 kilowatts, resulting in an average of 12 euros per 100 kilometers traveled.

At terminals with higher power where the price is 0.69 euros, the total charging would be 13.80 euros per 100 kilometers.

Allego provides a quick payment process, where users can pay seamlessly, either using contactless methods or through the Smoov app, without the need for a prior subscription.

Additionally, it accepts over 100 European credit card providers.

10. Chargemap

The Chargemap card offers a variety of prices at different charging points, which can influence the average cost for users.

For example, in Les Belleville, a fee of 5.28 euros per session plus 1.1 euros every 15 minutes after two hours of usage is charged.

Meanwhile, at TE 90, the cost is 0.79 euros per kilowatt-hour plus 2.7 euros per minute after three hours for AC, and 0.80 euros per kilowatt-hour plus 0.4 euros per minute after one hour for DC, resulting in around 15.80 euros per 100 kilometers traveled.

Finally, at Corri-door by Izivia, the rate is variable.

For chargers with a power of less than 100 kilowatts, 0.55 euros per kilowatt-hour plus 1.1 euros every five minutes after 45 minutes is charged, and for chargers with over 100 kilowatts, the rate is 0.77 euros per kilowatt-hour plus 1.1 euros every five minutes after 45 minutes.

It is important to note that Chargemap’s role involves serving as a Mobility Service Provider (MSP), enabling users to charge their electric vehicles at a wide range of charging stations.

Currently, individuals can access over 600 networks and 200,000 charging points across Europe using a single RFID card, known as the Chargemap Pass.

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