Are charging stations so often out of order?

In its latest barometer, Avere provides the availability rate of top-up points.

Every month, Avere (the national association for the development of electric mobility) publishes, in collaboration with the Ministry of Ecological Transition, its barometer of charging infrastructures open to the public.

As of 31 October 2022, there were 75,279 charging points, compared to 71,630 as of 30 September. This is now 112 points per 100,000 population. Points mean the number of sockets available and not the number of stations. The latter is 28,737 at the end of October.

Île-de-France remains well ahead, with more than 200 stations open during the month of October, bringing the total to nearly 4,000 (3,951 to be exact). This gives more than 14,200 top-up points for this region, or 1,200 more in just a few weeks!

A vast territory, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes ranks second among the best-equipped regions, with 3,624 stations and 8,930 points. Occitania follows (3,184 stations, 7,559 terminals).

35% of points are located in shops, 34% in car parks, 26% on the road. A large majority (55%) correspond to three-phase AC terminals from 7.4 to 22 kW. 35% are single-phase AC points up to 7.4 kW. Fast charging is therefore still rare. Only 6% of points exceed 50 kW.

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More interestingly, the Avere provides data on the use of top-up points. All powers combined, the points performed an average of 14 charging sessions over the entire month. Which is not even one every two days! Although there was a drop after the summer peak, linked to the period of departure for holidays (16 sessions per point in July), it should be noted that the rate of use has doubled in one year. That was 7 sessions a month in October 2021. And at the same time, the number of points increased by 53%. Proof that electric mobility is on the rise.

For the first time, Credit also communicates an availability rate. A point is considered available if it is neither under maintenance nor out of service. Interesting data to respond to criticisms on the state of the terminals!

This rate is 82%. The terminals are therefore not available 18% of the time. Something to give grit to those who don’t want an electric because the terminals are too often HS. However, this will be quite the obstacle for those who go on long journeys, since around 9 out of 10 top-ups are done at home.

But it is true that this unavailability value is high and that there is progress to be made for operators, especially since there is often this nasty surprise from the AV terminal at the last moment.

While the data reported here is average, stations may be more idle than others or vandalized, our journalists accustomed to electric travel occasionally encounter unavailable terminals, which happens less often with a pump of petrol… at least when there is no fuel shortage!

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