The largest car park for electric cars in France is now operational in Paris

Since the beginning of April, the multi-storey car park under the church La Madeleine in the 8th arrondissement has had 505 electric charging stations.

The largest car park for electric cars in France is now operational in the heart of Paris, where the installation of above-ground and underground charging points is being accelerated, four years after the Autolib service went offline. Under the Madeleine church (8th arrondissement), the car park managed by Saemes, a company controlled by the City of Paris, has been offering 505 electric charging stations compatible with all cars and 30 stations for two wheels since the beginning of April.

With an output of 7 to 22 kilowatts (kW), the terminals can recharge the batteries in 5-6 hours. More than 350 terminals are planned for spring in another car park in the district, 240 are already available at Porte d’Auteuil. Saemes, the capital’s second car park manager, wants to equip half of his park with e-charging stations.

TotalEnergies, which is responsible for equipping these Saemes car parks together with the telecommunications company Sogetrel, is also converting the approximately 200 former self-service car stations Autolib’ of the Bolloré group, whose service suddenly ceased in 2018 due to a financial crisis, into charging stations. The contract has a term of 10 years and comprises around 15 million euros.

Target 8400 terminals by 2024 in Paris

Just over 2,200 terminals operate on the streets“, or half of the capital’s network, and 10 underground car parks will become fast charging centers with a power of 50 kW for a full charge in one hour, explained AFP Philippe Callejon, Director of Mobility and New Energies France of TotalEnergies.

The first of these “hubs” will be put into operation in April in the parking lot under the town hall. The others will be operational by 2025.”It can be seen that the number of subscribers and users is increasing every month” underlines Philippe Callejon, who since the launch of the service in early 2021 has almost 25,000 users and more than 70,000 top-ups in March.

To achieve PS Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s goal of ridding the capital of diesel vehicles by 2024 and thermal vehicles by 2030,”We must accelerate the conversion of the vehicle fleet and develop the infrastructure for this“ summarizes EELV mobility assistant David Belliard, who wants to reach 8,400 terminals by 2024.

At the same time, TotalEnergies is converting some of its filling stations, such as in La Défense, into electric charging centers.”ultra fast“, with a power of 175 kW, to “100 km range in 6 minutes‘ said Philippe Callejon. About sixty are studied throughout France, including three in Paris.

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