Watts d’Or gives us the opportunity to compile some interesting data on networks of electric car charging stations.
Last week, we published some figures and data related to the French electric car sector, after their compilation was necessary to establish the list of nominees for the Watts d’Or. An inventory that further reveals that 20 new models have arrived on the market and will be available for purchase between October 1, 2021 and September 30, 2022, from 14 brands and available in 48 different versions of engines and / or batteries.
To choose the best charging network also available in the French territory, we carried out the same exercise. If the results appear with less granularity due to the nature of the market (fewer brands available and fewer representation criteria), they are nevertheless interesting.
Here are the basics of what you need to know.
- Number of charging networks available in France: 12
- Number of charging stations, all networks combined: 1,407
- Average number of stations per network: 117.25
- Maximum power supplied: 350 kW (Ionity)
- Average power delivered: 212 kW
- Number of networks offering shelter (roof, awning): 1 (Fast)
- Number of networks that offer integrated payments in a mobile application: 7
- Number of networks offering Plug & Charge functionality (recognize the vehicle to start charging automatically): 4
- Number of networks offering tri-standard sockets: 9
- Number of networks that offer payment by credit card (integrated TPE): 5
- Number of networks offering to reserve a terminal before charging: 1 (Electra)
Some clarifications about this data on charging networks
For the number of charging networks, we take as a basic criterion the fact that these networks must be established at the national level, or aim for such an establishment. For example, Electra only has 12 stations at the moment but it has spread to many regions and it is known that their development plan provides several dozen in a short time. Which, on the other hand, de facto does not include all regional networks that operate, for example, sets of terminals entrusted to local authorities, but limited to a department or region.
Another criterion is the number of terminals per station. To enter the classification, a network must offer at least 2 terminals (ie, usually 4 to 6 charging points) per station. It also does not include “village” terminals, even in a network, because they are usually unique in their location. A measure that seems interesting but which we ultimately ignore is the number of terminals per station because it is a trompe-l’oeil if we consider that this number can vary greatly depending on the establishment and therefore on the market, without it is very important. On the other hand this data is not available in all networks and all stations are reliable.
Among the “atypical” networks, we note the presence of Tesla, which appears in this list due to the gradual opening of some of the Supercharger stations of other brands, which ultimately makes it more brands, and Lidl, since the very large number of establishments of this network open to the public also put it in the race.
Different services… if they are available
As for the services offered, they are varied and varied, and partly depend on the locations of the stations, which may be from the open countryside without any convenience still) to the car park of a 4-star hotel, passing by. at the motorway station or the supermarket. These relatively special cases are evaluated by the jury according to the diversity of their priorities, each of which does not have the same criteria of comfort and practicality.
Finally, a brief word on the nationality of origin of these networks. All are not Franco-French. As everyone knows, Tesla is American, but there are four other foreign origins on this list, but of course there is a storefront in France. They are Fastned and Allego, from the Netherlands, and Ionity and Lidl, born in Germany. It is not surprising in these circumstances that the Netherlands is the first country in Europe in the number of terminals per 100 km (47.5) and that Germany is third in this list with 19.4 terminals per 100 km, the second , Luxembourg (34.5) which is relatively less given. the size of its territory. And France? Only tenth with 4.1 limits per 100 km, behind… Portugal and Italy.
See you on November 10 for the full publication of the Watts d’Or winners.
In the meantime, we remind you that you have until Friday 23/09 to vote to choose the electric car of the year!