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Date: August 28, 2023
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Is France breaking the inertia of charging point growth?

In July, 3,042 charging points were installed, which marked a notable growth compared to May and June. However, this number is lower than the figures from the first quarter of the year. Will France manage to return to the initial figures?
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During July 3,042 charging units were installed in France, marking significant growth.

France has approximately 105,000 publicly accessible charging points, according to data from the National Association for the Development of Electric Mobility (AVERE-FRANCE).

In fact, during the month of July, 3,042 charging units were installed, marking significant growth.

However, while growth between April and June remained around 1% per month, it reached 3% in July.

Clemente Molizon, General Delegate of AVERE-FRANCE.

Nonetheless, it’s important to recall that there was an increase of nearly 5,000 monthly charging points during the first quarter of the year, which started to decrease in April.

AVERE-FRANCE regards this decrease as a “slowdown” in growth.

“Of course, we will continue to monitor these developments, as we do every month,” said Clemente Molizon, General Delegate of the association.

He adds: “The signs remain positive for holiday trips, as 99% of the concession-operated highway network is equipped with fast charging.”

In annual terms, the growth in July corresponds to 56.3%.

Additionally, the average number of charging points per capita increased by four points, from 151 to 155 stations compared to last month.

The network aims to cater to over 1,365,926 electric and hybrid vehicles circulating in France (as of July 2023).

These charging points are concentrated within 37,989 stations, implying a nominal growth of 1,218 installations compared to June.

These stations collectively demand a total power of 3,527,513 kW, distributed among the following categories:

  • 39% (40,950 points) in shops.
  • 35% (36,693 points) in parking lots.
  • 21% (21,420 points) on roads.
  • 5% (5,218 points) in businesses.

Moreover, it should be noted that 52% (54,909 points) corresponds to single-phase AC charging exceeding 7.4 kW but less than 22 kW.

33% (35,064 points) is three-phase charging below 7.4 kW. 5% (5,269 points) is DC charging between 150 kW and 350 kW.

Another 5% (5,012 points) is DC charging between 50 kW and 150 kW, while 2% (2,261 points) supports DC charging up to 350 kW.

Another 2% (1,981 points) is for DC charging exceeding 50 kW, and (1,573 points) is for AC charging exceeding 22 kW.

Regarding the usage of these chargers, according to the gathered data, each charging point facilitated 16.7 charging sessions in July, encompassing all types of power feeds.

In terms of pricing, in the seventh month, the average charge operators received per kW was 37 euro cents for alternating current and 39 euro cents for direct current.

It’s worth noting that user fees may vary depending on the providing company.

However, starting this month, prices are expected to rise due to the latest energy price hikes announced by the French Government.

Ranking of Private Accommodation Charging in France

While public charging points are experiencing a gradual increase and concentration in the country’s capital, private charging points available for tourist accommodations are higher in other regions.

It’s important to take this information into account when planning a trip through France.

The company Monta counted accommodations that offer electric vehicle charging facilities, which are listed on search platforms like Booking.

The result was a tie between Grand Est and Bourgogne-Franche-Comte for the top spot.

They account for 5.8% of equipped accommodations, which is 518 lodging units (out of a total of 8,843) in Grand Est and 332 (out of 5,670) in Bourgogne-Franche-Comte.

In second place is Corsica, where 5.5% of tourist accommodations offer a payment solution (178 accommodations out of 3,207).

Following that is Centre-Val-de-Loire (5.2%) and Hauts-de-France (4.9%).

Further down in the ranking, there are Pays de la Loire (3%, or 213 residences out of 7,046), Ile-de-France (3.1%, or 777 residences out of 24,788), being the champion in public charging.

Brittany (3.2%, or 217 residences out of 6,751) and Occitania (3.4%, or 750 residences out of 21,776).

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