Electric car charging costs and price shield

The increase in the price of electricity weighs on the operating budgets of companies and public companies. Individuals are better protected, including those who depend on electrons for warmth and mobility. “No one knows what the future will bring, but at least until the end of 2023, the French are protected against an increase in the price of electricity as violent as our English neighbors”, suggests Julien Belliato, co-founder of Electra, which implements and manages a network of fast charging stations.

Electricity increase will be limited to 15% in 2023 after 4% increase in 2022

The renewal of the energy shield guarantees that the increase in the statutory price of electrical energy on 1 February 2023 will not exceed 15% after the increase of 4% in 2022. However, the measure will have a cost to society: around 25 billion. euros, to the benefit of maintaining the purchasing power of the French consumer.

The French can therefore consider themselves lucky compared to their German and English neighbours, who face increases of 40% and 80% respectively in the price of electricity. Combined with a reduction in public subsidies, these increases are reflected in a drop in demand for electric cars in these two countries, research firm Autovista notes. Logical, since it is actually “the cost of energy that is one of the main motivations for the buyer, before the cost of maintenance and the ecological impact”, recalls Guillaume Cazenave, marketing director at Opteven.

In France, demand for both new and used cars has not weakened for the time being. Rather, the time is an era of scarcity and rising prices. “Everything has been sold, including first-generation electrics, which were still rejected last year because of their low autonomy,” notes Guillaume Arnauné, director of the EnchèresVO group.

In France, the electric car will maintain the advantage of cheaper energy than gasoline for a long time

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