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


Under the church of La Madeleine, in the 8th arrondissement, the car park has offered 505 electric charging stations since the beginning of April.

The largest car park for electric cars in France is now operational in the heart of Paris, where the installation of surface and underground charging points is accelerating, four years after the failure of the Autolib’ service. Under the church of La Madeleine (VIIIth arrondissement), the car park managed by Saemes, a company controlled by the City of Paris, has offered since the beginning of April 505 electric charging stations, compatible with all cars, and 30 stations for two- wheels.

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

TotalEnergies, in charge with the telecoms company Sogetrel of the equipment of these Saemes car parks, also converts into charging stations the some 200 former self-service car stations Autolib ‘of the Bolloré group, whose service has suddenly stopped in 2018 on a financial failure. The contract, which runs for 10 years, represents approximately 15 million euros.

Objective 8400 terminals by 2024 in Paris

Just over 2,200 terminals are operational on the road“, or half of the network of the capital, and 10 underground car parks will become fast charging centers, with a power of 50 kW for a complete recharge in one hour, explained to AFP Philippe Callejon, director of mobility and new energies France from TotalEnergies.

The first of these “hubs” will be put into service in April in the car park located under the Town Hall. The others will be commissioned by 2025.”It is seen that every month the number of subscribers and users increases“, underlines Philippe Callejon, who has nearly 25,000 users since the launch of the service in early 2021 and more than 70,000 top-ups in March.

To achieve PS Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s goal of ridding the capital of diesel by 2024 and thermal vehicles by 2030, “we must accelerate the transition of the vehicle fleet and for that develop the infrastructures“Summarizes EELV mobility assistant David Belliard, who wants to reach 8,400 terminals by 2024.

At the same time, TotalEnergies is transforming some of its gas stations, such as at La Défense, into electric charging centers “ultrafast“, with a power of 175 kW in order to obtain “100 km range in 6 minutes“, according to Philippe Callejon. About sixty are being studied throughout France, including three in Paris.

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