Charging stations are truly the sinews of war for electric vehicles. The network must become denser and improve its accessibility so that environmentally conscious motorists can use their cars without worrying about running out of fuel on the road.
Announcements are multiplying to improve the availability of electric charging stations in France. Carrefour will thus install thousands of charging points in the car parks of its supermarkets. This week, the North and East of France Motorway Company (Sanef) is announcing a new initiative.
500 ultra-fast charging points
All of the group’s service areas will be equipped with ultra-fast charging stations by the end of the year. This represents more than 500 charging points at 72 motorway rest areas. Three sector experts were chosen by Sanef for the deployment of this equipment: Engie, Fastned and TotalEnergie.
20% of the Sanef network is already equipped with ultra-fast terminals and 60% with conventional terminals. The plan is to go further since each of the service areas will be equipped with several ultra-fast terminals (more than 150 kW) by the end of the year. These stations allow an 80% recharge in just 15 minutes, which is also the average break time on a motorway rest area.
Charging points will of course be accessible to all electric vehicles on the road, and they will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. , as in a classic service station.
” Clean mobility is an essential axis of the energy transition, the transport sector alone being responsible for a third of greenhouse gas emissions “recalls Arnaud Quémard, the general manager of Sanef. It is therefore a question of adapting the historic motorway model to anticipate and support changes in the automotive industry.