Condominiums, a major obstacle for the electric car in France?

The lack of charging stations in condominiums is a problem. This observation is a supplement to the lack of public charging points.

In addition to the perfectable development of public charging solutions, charging in owner-occupied apartments is a real shortcoming. We learn that only 2% of the owner-occupied apartments are equipped with charging points.

This represents 10,000 spaces, marking a real lack of home charging infrastructure. According to Avere-France and its delegate, Clément Molizon, “70% of private terminals are in individual homes”. But collective housing such as buildings and thus owner-occupied flats make up 44% of the population.

A decree may help this development in the coming weeks. This should give Enedis the opportunity to equip owner-occupied apartments with charging stations without charging for the work. This represents “Tens of thousands of requests” potential, according to Olivier Huet. This is ensured by the condominium infrastructure project director at Enedis “all solutions are necessary” to develop electrification.

It obviously makes private installers of charging stations cringe, who’s watching “unfair competition”. This is also what the French Association of Recharge Operators (Afor) condemns against this decree.

What is the current situation for co-owners?

Currently, private operators control the sector, which is more expensive for interested co-owners. These include Bornes Solution, Park’n Plug and Zeplug. These registered strong growth and revealed that requests could quickly increase to one million terminals.

The decree could help to collect this colossal interest, in addition to being cheaper for the applicants. Currently, the average remaining fee for co-owners wishing to install a terminal is estimated at 800 euros.

This is the case despite the many aids available, starting with the Advenir system. This covers half of the expenses thanks to an envelope of public funds. Avere-France is piloting this project, but installation numbers are struggling to keep up despite the support. Logivolt Territoires also exists to offset the costs of connecting car parks.

This is why the decree aimed at facilitating installations of Enedis should appear. At the moment, the expansion of terminals is a long time to decide, and especially a long time to do. The obstacle course is terrifying, but above all it slows down nationwide electrification.

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Lack of knowledge slows down installations

These delays in getting a charging station at home are often due to co-owners’ fear of paying for others. While the costs of the common parts are in most cases covered by the grants. A lack of knowledge on the part of trustees is also at issue, as discussions with operators are insufficient.

“There is always a fear that some co-owners will slow down installation requests”, Mathias Laffont explains. The head of studies for the French Electricity Association (UFE) recalls that “There are techniques to get the users to pay only a few hundred euros for the purchase of the socket, in addition to the monthly subscription that is taken out with the operator. »

The second problem that slows down the installation of terminals in condominiums is the lack of subcontractor employees. As BFMTV points out, this can extend the installation time by up to a year and a half between the time of the initial request and the actual installation. “The sector is growing strongly, but we are very short of manpower”, Jérôme Princet commented. The general manager of Bornes Solutions raises a problem here, but others are added.

Condominiums very often have outdoor parking spaces, and the work there is much more expensive. In fact, it is mandatory in this case to do a major installation. This therefore forces the co-owners to put mine in the wallet, as explained by Lara Dupont of Zeplug. “Today it is too expensive for operators and condominiums to bear the costs”she says.

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