Most electric charging stations are located in cities. It’s no secret to owners of electric cars. Therefore, this urban charging network does not bode well for the mobility prospects of future electric vehicle models. For this reason, France is implementing a new incentive program to help electrify suburban and rural gas stations.
On August 16, 2022, the French government contributed €10 million (~US$10.5 million) to the deployment of electric charging stations in autonomous service stations in “medium or rural density” communes.
“Thanks to their regional network and the social solidarity role they play throughout France, small independent service stations must play an important role in the energy transition,” explained Anais Pannier-Ronacher, French Minister for Energy Transition. We are implementing this assistance that will speed up the installation of electric charging stations in our country.
To qualify for assistance, service centers must sell 2,500 cubic meters (660,430 gal) of fuel annually. Under these circumstances, more than 4,000 companies qualify for assistance.
Depending on the installed power plants (50 kW or 150 kW), the government will finance the project between 60 and 70%. Candidates must submit an application to the French Agency for Environment and Energy Management (ADEME), which opened registration for the program on December 1, 2022. Once the authorities have verified the files submitted, participants can expect their funds within one month.
“The assistance we provide makes it possible to diversify the offer of small independent service stations that connect our territory and accelerate its modernization,” stated the French delegate for small and medium industries, commerce and crafts. and tourism, Olivia Gregoire. Thus, they will become local players in the electrification of the movement. »
This is not the kind of state-backed infrastructure initiative we saw last year. In December 2021, the UK introduced a bill that all new construction projects must have electric vehicle charging stations. The EU then proposed mandating 60 kilometers (37.3 miles) of distance between charging stations in June 2022. The latest French plan aims to meet these targets, but only time and private sector involvement will tell if the increase is successful. Not.