The Caisse des Dépôts investor group; Électricité Réseau Distribution France (ERDF), the manager of electricity distribution to 95% of the metropolitan area in France; PSA Peugeot-Citroën; and Renault have signed a memorandum of understanding on the creation of a common framework to develop roaming services for recharging plug-in vehicles in France.
With such services, drivers could locate and use the existing charging stations, regardless of owner. Vehicle or smartphone applications would locate available terminals and possibly book a recharge slot. Drivers would be able to recharge their vehicles freely even when using charging stations operated by other operators in France and abroad.
The French government will be associated with the GIREVE (Groupement pour l’Itinérance des Recharges Électriques de Véhicules) project to ensure its progress, under conditions open to all players, allowing the free creation of services that meet the expectations of users of electric vehicles. At the request of government Ministers, the four signatories of the MOU will conduct a wide consultation with stakeholders.
The first activity of the GIREVE project will be to create an accurate national directory of charging equipment. This directory will be made available to operators to expand their services to users (mapping services, charging, mobility, coaching clients ...). This structure will create standards for data exchange based on that directory, also allowing the payment clearing services between operators and representing France vis-à-vis other countries.