The days go by and look the same when it comes to problems with charging stations in France. A new example concerns UFC-Que Choisir. The latter still points out the difficulties on the networks in the country, noted by the French.
The association is in fact publishing a survey on charging stations for electric cars, this Monday, November 27. The opportunity to point the finger at “flaws in network development” et the “opacity of the pricing system”.
Thus, she points out the delay in setting up charging stations. The study seriously casts doubt on the government’s ability to reach 400,000 charging points in 2030. This while the milestone of 100,000 was reached in May 2023, a year and a half late!
The UFC-Que Choisir, however, notes an improvement and a “acceleration of deployment” limits However, she fears “the persistence of “white zones” of public charging”.
Pricing still under scrutiny
The lack of availability could lead to congestion problems in front of the terminals. Especially since the problem of opaque prices still arises. The UFC-Que Choisir thus regrets “the absence of rules ensuring consumers can compare prices”.
What lead to “price aberrations”. The fault is the numerous costs that can be added from one terminal to another. Or even pricing based on the quantity of electricity consumed.
And the association carries out tests to illustrate its remarks. She thus found a kWH ranging from 0.39 euros to… 2.12 euros! A full tank of Peugeot e-208 could even cost up to 68.77 euros, “nearly ten times more expensive than at home” !
UFC-Que Choisir offers solutions
Faced with these elements, the association offers solutions. She asks first “a mandatory framework for the deployment of charging stations accessible to the public, throughout the territory for daily mobility and long-distance mobility”.
On the subject of prices, she demands “mandatory, harmonized and accessible display of electric charging prices for all public terminals”.
All while requesting the possibility of paying for your recharge by bank card, to make life easier for users. As well as “the opening of data on all prices charged at all charging stations in the region”. Enough to allow drivers to compare prices, like when filling up with gas.
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To sum up
The UFC-Que Choisir association publishes a study on charging stations for electric cars in France. She criticizes their development and the opacity of prices. The opportunity to propose avenues for the government to follow.
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