After a slight increase in January, Electra lowers the prices of fast charging for electric cars at its terminals. The company also announces the implementation of new stations in the motorway service areas of the Vinci network.
While we are still far from reaching the goal of 100,000 accessible charging stations in France by the end of 2021, we are slowly getting closer. In fact, many operators are developing in the territory, such as Fastned, Allego or Electra, not to mention TotalEnergies or Tesla and its Superchargers. Thus, it is no longer necessary to have a car with enormous autonomy to move serenely.
A low price
It is true that the rise in the price of electricity makes charging the car more expensive, at home, but also at the terminals. However, the Government has established a tariff shield (the electric cushion) for the latter, thus preventing operators from suffering too much from this increase and passing it on to their customers. Thus, after having globally increased their prices, theMost companies experienced slight declines.
This is also the case with Electra. If the French firm had announced that it would not raise its prices last September, it would have been forced to do it at the beginning of the year. But now it gives a small gift to its customers by lowering the prices of recharging in its terminals. It is enough to take a quick look at its website to realize that, although it has the particularity of offer a unique offer.
if you had to count 0.44 euros per kWh regardless of the type of terminal, up to 300 kW, this price had risen to €0.54 per kWh at the beginning of the year. But now the French company, which in mid-January had about 40 charging stations in France, now charges €0.49 per kWh. An interesting drop for a price valid for payment by credit card or through the application.
With this new rate, Electra remains very competitive, although it is still far from the 40 cents per kWh that Lidl asks for its terminals of up to 360 kW, the cheapest in France. But now the signal must compete with the new operator IECcharge, which charges only 0.30 cents per kWh for a power of 320 kW. Something to harm Ionity, who asks 0.69 euros per kWh for a load of up to 350 kW.
For its part, Tesla recently lowered the prices of its Superchargers, with a billed charge of 0.34 euros per kWh during off-peak hours and 0.38 euros during peak hours, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Rates only valid if you own a vehicle of the brand or if you have subscribed to a monthly subscription of 12.99 euros. Otherwise, you have to pay 0.52 euros per kWh in off-peak hours and 0.58 euros at peak hours.
If Tesla is distinguished by a very wide network, while the firm exceeded 10,000 Superchargers in Europe last October, Electra also continues to progress. The young company founded in 2021 has just announced in a press release that it has signed a partnership with Vinci install seven new charging stations in the motorway service areas between Lyon, Marseille and Toulouse.
Therefore, they are not less than 112 new terminals that will soon be operational on the A7 and A61 motorways. The company will then have to face competition from Ionity, which has also just inaugurated new fast charging stations on the A7 in the Mornas Les Adrets and Mornas Village areas. Like those of the joint venture founded by Volkswagen, Mercedes and BMW, theElectra stations will be covered with solar panels.
These new terminals should allow the government to fulfill another promise: that of equipping all highway areas before the end of the semester. For the record, this announcement had already been made in 2021, when the State promised that “ all service areas of the toll road network under concession » would be equipped from January 1, 2023. This should greatly facilitate this summer’s crossovers, which we experienced in the Ford Mustang Mach-e last summer over 4,000 km, without major problems.
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