Where to charge your electric car?

The era of the electric motor is beginning and it is essential that every motorist prepares for it. Have you recently bought an electric car? Get organized to avoid breakdowns due to a dead battery. Explore all available recharge options, free or paid, through this article.

At home, at your home!

There is nothing more convenient than charging an electric car at home. However, it is important to note that not all connections in the home are necessarily secure. If the system is not effective, there is a risk of a short circuit. Therefore, it is not recommended to plug the car into an 8 amp socket. In addition to overheating the line, this will likely increase the charging time. Fortunately, there are several solutions available to ensure optimal charging.

The first is a reinforced socket that is capable of providing 3.2 kW at 14A. This option is only effective when the car is used minimally. It’s safe, but it can take all night to fully charge the car.

The final solution remains the installation of a wallbox. It is a device connected to the home electrical grid that converts the current so that it can adapt to the EV. Recharging will therefore be faster, i.e. 4 hours with a 7.4 kW wallbox for a 22 kWh battery, or 7 hours for a 50 kWh battery. Condominiums can also be equipped with such equipment.

You can use it in the office

Some companies support their employees in the ecological transition by installing electrical terminals for them in private parking lots. And in accordance with company policy, an employee can charge their personal vehicle either for free or by paying all or part of the cost of the electricity used. In all cases, companies that have taken this initiative can claim the ADVENIR bonus subject to conditions.

Devices are often secure and sometimes require access to recharge. For example, it is possible to set up a magnetic card system to trigger charging. Employees with EV must then apply to the employer. This allows them to work while charging an electric car in a parking lot with a 22 kW socket.

From car dealerships

Car showrooms are still encouraging motorists to use ecological transport and offer them fast charging stations. To avoid surprises (busy or closed terminals), they provide smartphone apps. This is the case, for example, with Nissan and Renault.

400 Renault locations are thus equipped with fast terminals that allow you to recharge electric car to 80% in 1 hour 30 minutes. Use the My Renault app to locate them, but also to locate public terminals throughout France.

On large areas

As part of a government policy to install 100,000 charging stations across France, various stakeholders were asked to support the project. Among them, hypermarkets play a vital role. Some, such as Système U, Lidl and Leclerc, have even signed a special charter, confirming their commitment to support the state in the national rollout of charging stations.

Other distribution chains that did not participate in the signing of the charter for the goal of 100,000 terminals still took the initiative to install suitable terminals in their parking lots. As for the others, Carrefour, which plans to set up 2,000 terminals by the end of 2023, Casino, which aims to equip its 450 locations with 6,200 charging points by the end of 2024. As for the Auchan network, it has deployed its terminals over 88 charging zones.

In general, charging in these networks is free. And infrastructures are becoming numerous and efficient. Use the Chargemap mobile app to locate the terminal.

Charging stations on the street and public parking

In big cities, you can see terminals on roads and in public parking lots. They supply alternating current with a power from 7 to 22 kW. Due to the obligation of public parking lots to install charging stations, at least one terminal per 20 spaces, access to these terminals is free. If you live in Paris, Bordeaux or Nantes, take advantage of this advantage.

Charging at a public terminal is also possible, but not an easy task. You actually need to have a mobile carrier badge to access these terminals. Some operators offer payment by credit card, but the operation is carried out from a smartphone. Let yourself be guided by the instructions. Consult prices directly at the terminal or on the operator’s website.

In highway areas

Have you decided to take an electric car on a trip? Dare to have an adventure by finding all the highway areas where there are charging stations. The deployment of recharging points is speeding up considerably, so we can practically find terminals at rest areas. According to ASFA (Association of French Motorway Companies), 80% of the concessioned motorway areas are equipped with fast charging stations.

We remind you that 369 service areas are managed by companies such as VINCI or APRR. On the part of the Ministry of Transport, efforts are also focused on equipping its 184 service areas spread across the country. For now, the equip rate has increased from 17 to 42%.

From hotels and restaurants

Your electric car trip will be even more peaceful, as many hotels and restaurants offer charging stations to their customers. Depending on the establishment, charging may be free or paid. Some hotels and restaurants work with private operators to offer fast DC charging with capacities ranging from 24 to 150 kW.

And then this idea spreads more and more due to the profitability of this type of investment. Yes, establishments can hope to focus on this business strategy to increase their customers and therefore turnover.

Here are different ways to charge your electric car. Also note that some stations and airports have considered installing terminals. This is the case, for example, at Orly Airport, where you can charge your electric car for free in the parking lot or at some SNCB parking lots.

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