The first two fast charging points for electric vehicles in France’s Corri-Door project are now operational at the Bosgouet Nord (A13) and Tardenois Nord (A4) motorway service stations operated by SANEF. The charging points, which can charge an electric vehicle (EV) in under 30 minutes, are part of a national scheme co-financed (50%) by the European Union (TEN-T Programme) and a consortium of electric mobility stakeholders led by the EDF Group.
|Provisional map of charging points. Click to enlarge.|
The consortium includes EDF S.A.; its subsidiary Sodetrel; Renault; Nissan; BMW; Volkswagen; and ParisTech (12 engineering and business schools).
With the Corri-Door project, 200 new fast charging points will be rolled out across France by December 2015. They will be located along major motorways operated by the SANEF Group (SANEF, SAPN), one of the original partners, and APRR and Vinci Autoroutes (ASF, COFIROUTE, ESCOTA), as well as in nearby shopping centers. Positioned at 80 km intervals, Corri-Door charging points make inter-urban driving a reality, thereby removing one of the barriers to the development of electric mobility.
The aim of the Corri-Door project is to charge vehicles in the time it takes to have a motorway break: cars can be 80% charged in under 30 minutes. In addition, the Corri-Door intelligent charging points are universal and compatible with all commercially available EVs.
Mobility operator Sodetrel plans to launch its own scheme for the Corri-Door charging service. The Sodetrel Pass will be available from its website sodetrel-mobilite.fr, or from service stations that offer the service. Members of other schemes will also be able to use the Corri-Door network to charge their vehicles, since the charging points are interoperable.
Based on project feedback and studies conducted by ParisTech, Corri-Door will glean information on:
- customer expectations of the charging service,
- economic viability and business models,
- opportunities for deployment of an interconnected and interoperable charging infrastructure network in Europe.
The Corri-Door charging points are manufactured in France and run on renewable electricity supplied by EDF.