Infotech The galley of terminals for electric cars: the reasons for the French delay

The galley of terminals for electric cars: the reasons for the French delay

In the comments that customers leave at the checkouts of Carrefour hypermarkets, a surprising new requirement has just emerged: “When can I charge my electric car here?” “, write many of them. “The demand is very, very strong”, notes Arnaud d’Hoop, responsible for innovation at Carrefour Property. The good news is that from February, a few hypermarkets in the chain will open their first charging stations. A simple foretaste of the big change: by January 1, 2023, 5% of parking spaces in all hypermarkets and supermarkets in the country will have to have an electric charging point, i.e. one in twenty.

Terminals: the time / power equation

Given the time needed to connect to the network, estimated at nine months on average, they must move forward quickly. The big brands have already launched calls for tenders from private operators in the sector. At Carrefour, it was won by Allego, a subsidiary of the Meridiam investment fund, which will pay the equipment bill – 117 million for the first 2,000 places -, then operate the terminals and set the price per kWh. His only obligation? “To be competitive with respect to the surrounding terminals”, specifies Arnaud d’Hoop. And be cheaper than the highways where the super-fast stations, which recharge the electric battery in 15 minutes, cost almost as much as a traditional gasoline tank. Allego can easily compare with the prices of

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