Friday, October 5, 2012

Philippe Hirtzman - Special Mission for EV Charge Stations

French government has launched a mission for the deployment of charging stations and development of electro-mobility. It also negotiates the financing of other measures with highway concessionaires and local communities.

Arnaud Montebourg, Philippe Hirtzmann, Delphine Batho & Frédéric Cuvillier

Wednesday, October 3, 2012, Arnaud Montebourg, Minister of Industry, Delphine Batho, Minister of Ecology and Frédéric Cuvillier, Minister for Transport, announced the launch of a mission "dedicated to the deployment of charging stations for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids and development of electro-mobility".

Entrusted to Philippe Hirtzman, Chairman of the Board of the National Institute for Industrial Environment and Risks (INERIS), the mission is "designed to bring out and support infrastructure projects in the areas of recharge ". The main objective is to break the self-sustained vicious circle of the limited range of electric vehicles and the weakness of the charging network.

The creation of such a mission was originally announced as part of the plan presented by Arnaud Montebourg car July 25.

Philippe Hirtzmann

Presentation of the mission Hirtzman

Create a network of charging stations

Departments reported having attended for this mission, all the actors involved in the development of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure: local authorities, energy suppliers and distributors, supermarket chains, fuel distribution, freeway companies, parking lots, recharge equipment manufacturers and automobile makers.

For funding the deployment of charging stations, the Ministers recalled that 50 million are already enshrined. The "mission launch Hirtzman occured in the presence of the Commissioner General for Investment which enshrines the future investment program a budget of 50 million euros to finance the deployment projects of charging stations" explained the three departments.

Will be eligible, projects of large scale deployment of charging stations in agglomerations of more than 200,000 inhabitants, or those carried by region and, for a limited time, those to accelerate the deployment of charging stations on highways, parking lots, and parking lots open to the public such as supermarket parkings.

Who will pay the preferential tariffs?

In addition, the government "wants the establishment of a preferential tariff on freeway tolls and parking for electric vehicles." The measures for this are not yet announced, however, some advocates of electric cars made proposals to Bercy to find a solution that does not burden the public finances.

Regarding preferential freeway tariff, a lead mentioned would be the payment to the owners of electric cars of a certain amount usable the French freeway network. This amount could go up to 2,000 euros, would be paid by freeways companies, for example, the provision of prepaid toll card. In return, the freeway companies would get a lengthening of the duration of their concessions.

As for the alleviation of parking rates, it can not be done without the prior approval of the local authorities concerned who establish the rules of paid parking in accordance with the General Local Authorities Code.

In addition, the bonus for electric vehicles set to 7,000 euros will be extended in 2013, "by extending the eligibility of enterprises and public purchasers to these bonuses and engaging in a process of public procurement, which will be 25% electric or hybrid " indicate ministries, adding that recharges terminals will be installed in the ministries and administrations.

Charging station sign in Paris

Industrials in order of battle

Meanwhile, the Caisse des Dépôts (CDC), ERDF, PSA Peugeot Citroën and Renault announced they have signed, at the end of the press conference of ministers, "a protocol for the establishment of a common framework for developing roaming charging infrastrusture for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, "the Groupment for roaming recharges of electric vehicles (GIREVE).

The four groups intend to offer users a range of  "a la carte" services. "Drivers can locate and use the existing charging stations, regardless of owner: local, owner of parking, mobility operator etc.," they say, adding that "IT applications on GPS or " smartphone " will locate all available terminals and possibly the book. "

In addition, the GIREVE will create standards for data exchange, enabling payment clearing services between operators, and represent France vis-à-vis other countries that these standards extend to cross-border trade.

Providers of charging stations rejoice, like DBT-CEV who "is delighted to support measures to develop the development of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure in France." The French manufacturer, which participate in the work of the mission Hirtzman believes that this is "a new kick" to expand the market for electric cars.

Philippe Collet

Source: Actu-Environnement, translated with Google Translate & Me

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