Arnaud Montebourg, the minister of “productive recovery” has launched a comprehensive plan to increase the number of charging stations for electric vehicles (up to 8.000) by the end of the year.
Ambitious (and necessary), it seems possible as 4000 stations are already installed in the Paris region and nearly 1000 in the rest of the country.
Nevertheless, it is possible that this will remain wishful thinking as the Ministry has so far given no details on how to reach this horizon.
Several private companies are in the starting blocks: Bolloré, Veolia, Vinci or even JCDecaux because they hope that customers will pay a subscription charge. The problem is that this scenario is especially true inner-city where you don’t have the chance to have a plug in your garage.
Of course the ideal in terms of cost and convenience for users would be to charge at home from a simple plug but some cars, such as the Renault Zoe simply offer this option, you need a specific charger that costs about 1000 €.
The other track would require local authorities to install these stations but again, should we legislate and impose a quota to cities depending on the number of inhabitants? No option is put aside but we’d better be quick to reach the objective!