Bagneux, Villiers-le-Bel, Groslay, Clichy… Street after street, the communes of Ile-de-France are adorned with new equipment: charging points for electric vehicles. “By mid-June we will have about thirty additional charging points,” said Christophe Provot, general manager of the intermunicipal syndicate SIGEIF (Public Service for Gas, Electricity and Local Energy in Ile de France), which is active in almost 80 municipalities . The SIGEIF has already installed 660 charging points for an investment of 3 million euros and aims to have 1,000 terminals by the end of the year.
In this race for electric mobility, several operators are already on pole position, but will that be enough to equip France’s leading region in time? “Ile de France is the most fortunate region in France in terms of charging points, but it is also the region with the most registrations of electric vehicles. We must ensure that these dynamics are maintained over time,” warns Cécile Goubet, General Delegate of Avere-France, author of a recent study on the subject conducted with the Ministry of Ecological Transition.
The region has approximately 120,000 100% electric vehicles and 67,000 plug-in hybrid vehicles. Since the area has 11,081 charging points open to the public (out of more than 60,000 in France), the average would therefore be one charging point for 15 vehicles. An honorable score, but one that does not invite you to slacken your efforts: electric car sales are booming and will represent 70 to 90% of the market share by 2030.
Always be ahead
“We see that the use of the network is becoming increasingly important, notes Grégoire Fourcade, deputy general manager of SIPPEREC, another intermunicipal company, initially dedicated to electricity, and who also embarked on the adventure with 550 terminals installed – for a target of 1,200 – “The territory is sufficiently endowed, but when we stop installing charging stations, there are not enough. The network is not saturated, but it will be when we stop. We must therefore always be a little upstream in the installation process to satisfy all electric motorists”.
The more terminals, the more electric vehicle buyers. Sigeif currently has 15,000 users for its terminals, a figure that has risen sharply. “The use of terminals is exploding. With the increase in road installations, consumers are buying more electric cars because they have peace of mind about the supply system,” notes Christophe Provot.
For professionals, therefore, it is necessary not only to speed up the installation sites, but also to diversify. “The more we succeed in equipping communities, condominiums and businesses, the less we need to install charging points on public roads, even if the portion accessible to the public must continue to increase,” notes Cécile Goubet. For now, ‘public’ charging represents only 7% of charging points in France.
The authorities are therefore continuing their mobilization. In addition to the intermunicipal companies (Grand Paris Metropolis, Sigeif, Sipperec), the Île-de-France region relieves the wallet and finances half of the costs in particular. On the state side, another device, the Advenir programme, tested by Avere-France in the context of energy certificates in collaboration with the Ministry of Ecological Transition, offers up to EUR 15,000 in support for the installation of point loads on public roads.