Electric car: Charging prices at fast terminals explode

Written September 24, 2022, at 08.30

Owners of electric cars who subscribe to Tesla terminals or the Allego network have reason to grimace. In recent weeks, they have received several notices in rapid succession of rather drastic increases in the charge prices in France.

To use Tesla’s “superchargers” it now costs 79 øre per KWh (without subscription and if you do not own a Tesla), almost 40% more than in July. At Allego, the price will even reach 98 cents on ultra-fast terminals, after the increase on October 7 – where it was already reviewed on October 1eh September: in total, the double increase reaches 50%.

Cheaper to drive diesel

Justified by soaring electricity prices, these tariff revisions have made people cringe. Some internet users have calculated that at this rate (about 12 euros for 100 kilometers on the highway with Tesla) it has become cheaper to drive diesel.

But extreme examples. For owners of electric cars, the use of ultra-fast terminals remains rare. “80% of refills are done at home or in the office,” recalls Clément Molizon, general manager of Avere-France.

“However, individuals are protected by the tariff shield: considering the cost of recharging at home (around 2 euros for 100 kilometers), the impact of these increases on household budgets should remain marginal. The government has set a ceiling on electricity price increases at 4% in 2022 and 15% in February 2023.

Multi-year contracts

At public terminals, on highways or in local communities, increases are nonetheless inevitable in the more or less long term. “The operators pass on the electricity they buy,” recalls Quentin Derumaux, partner at Julhiet Sterwen. “Although most of them do not buy their electricity on the wholesale market, they have signed multi-year contracts with energy suppliers and will pass on the increases according to the expiry date of their contracts”, continues the consultant.

It is for this reason that the French customers at Fastned, for example, are spared for the moment. “We have secured our supplies for a few months. But nothing is set in stone,” confirms a spokesman. The fast charging network has already increased its prices in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK.

The co-owners deferred

“Even operators who have signed long-term contracts can be affected because these contracts do not cover the new locations in their rapidly expanding network”, notes Quentin Derumaux, recalling that not all of them have a national tariff. “Furthermore, some have been able to raise their prices here and there, without any announcement effect,” he continues.

Correspondingly, the residents of buildings remain exposed. Zeplug, which claims 6,000 contracts in owner-occupied apartments, of which 2/3 with private individuals (and one third with companies), also invoices itself for the electricity that has been purchased. “Our customers have no protection via regulated tariffs. As we signed our multi-year contracts at the right time, the impact remains reasonable for the moment,” says his boss, Nicolas Banchet. “But the topic has become strategic, and we have made the public authorities aware of it. »

At the moment, professionals do not fear an impact on customers’ appetite for electric cars. “Their fuel budget is always 3 to 4 times less than that of thermal cars,” insists Clément Molizon.

Owners of battery-powered vehicles will in any case be encouraged to contribute to the sobriety effort. RTE stated that in the event of an “Ekowatt Red” warning, this winter motorists would be asked not to recharge their cars between 8.00 and 13.00 and between 18.00 and at In California, during the last heat wave at the end of August, the authorities asked not to recharge vehicles between 4pm and 8pm to relieve the power grid.

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