Electric mobility: trends & figures

Two and a half years after the enactment of the Energy Transition Act to facilitate electric mobility on the french territory, what can be said today about its expansion in the country?

Transportation of people and goods sector is the subject of a special attention in the French Energy Transition Act. It is the most emissive sector in term of greenhouse gases: 34% of total national GHG emissions in 2013.[1] The use of electric vehicles and the deployment of charging stations constitute the great challenges of this energy transition.


27 307 vehicle registration in 2016 : France is the VE sales leader in Europe 

France confirms the upward trend emerging in the first half of 2016, the country ends the year at the top of electric vehicles sales in Europe with 27,307 registrations. It surpasses Norway with 24,221 registrations. Fourth at the end of the first semester, Germany outreaches Great Britain’s production: 13,621 against 11,194 registrations. These four countries remain the undisputed leaders of the European market, accounting for more than 75% of European electric vehicle deliveries in 2016.[2]


Brussels expects 97,000 public charging points in France by 2020

At the beginning of the year, France has about 16,000 charging points for electric vehicles in public access. Is it enough to satisfy the 100,000 vehicles currently circulating in the french hexagone? 120,000 stations are required according to the AVERE (French Association for EV development), remaining insufficient to effectively cover the whole area today.

By 2020, Brussels wants to give a boost to the electric car development. The European Commission has announced some measures to set up charging points for electric vehicles throughout Europe and to adopt a common position on the power plug. For the French territory, Brussels expects 97,000 public charging points to be installed by 2020. An ambitious goal that has to be put in perspective of the 45,000 installations currently discussed at the French parliament.


7 millions stations for 2030

Charging points are expected to be multiplied by 3 in the next three years. But it is now the time to accelerate to reach the 7 million public and private charging points stipulated in the Energy Transition Act for 2030.

The key success factors are identified: standardized power plugs, interoperable payment methods or even hunting abusive occupation of the parking spaces dedicated to electric vehicles a phenomena well-known by EV drivers.


For further information: HIKOB accelerate the transition to electric mobility


[1] Source Citepa, april 2015
[2] Source AVERE (Association for VE development)
[3] Source AVEM (Association for VE promotion & information)

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