Sales of electric cars are going well, the terminals a little less

A few weeks before the opening of a Motor Show Highly electrified, the latest monthly barometer from Avere-France, an association for the promotion of low-carbon mobility, shows a strong acceleration in the registration of so-called clean vehicles.

Electric private and commercial vehicles thus saw their sales increase by 30% during the first eight months of the year, an increase that is all the more remarkable given that it is part of a global market down 16%.

In detail, we see that 100% electric models are consolidating their positions compared to plug-in hybrids: “ in 2022, electric will represent double the volume of plug-in hybrids “Summarizes Clément Molizon, General Delegate of Avere-France.

There are currently 960,000 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in circulation in France, which suggests that the objective of one million by the end of 2022, assigned in 2018 by the Strategic Committee for the Automotive Industry (CSF), will be exceeded.

This development could be even faster if it were not hampered by the shortage of semiconductors.

Reverse currents for electrical terminals

However, this may be good news insofar as public charging infrastructures are not developing at the same rate. ” A ratio of one accessible charging point for every ten vehicles in circulation must be guaranteed “, explained the CSF in 2018. “ If, as the sector projects, one million electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles are in circulation in 2022, this will represent 100,000 terminals deployed on the territory, not counting the deployment of terminals in homes and businesses.

Only here, the last count of Avere-France reports 69,428 terminals open to the public at the end of August.

Sales of electric cars are going well, the terminals a little less

Even if the network is expanding rapidly, even if this figure reflects an increase of 29% compared to January 1 (i.e. half the increase of 64% recorded in 2021, however), and even if the public authorities and motorway concessionaires assure us that almost all of the areas will be equipped with fast charging stations during the first half of 2023, so there is a delay in switching on the infrastructure side.

And beyond the number of terminals available, there is the question of their actual availability, which is being studied in particular by the Afirev observatory, which recently published its half-yearly report.

If 75.7% of the charging points work 99% of the time (compared to 73.4% during the previous edition of the second half of 2021), the organization still reports 4.42% terminals showing themselves to be unsuitable for service on periods of at least 7 consecutive days (against 6.26% during the previous study, admittedly).

To all this is added a real problem of etiquette, even if the statistics are lacking here. These include, without claiming to be exhaustive, those owners of thermal vehicles who park in front of the terminals and thus block access to them, electric vehicles which consider the terminals as “parking rights” and do not even take the difficult to connect to it, or even the owners of rechargeable hybrids who “squat” the terminals for hours and hours without any regard for the owners of electric vehicles who really need them to circulate. There is still a long way to go for harmonious electric mobility, therefore.