the largest parking lot for electric cars has opened

You are looking for a parking space to park your electric vehicle right in the center of Paris? From now on, you can park in a car park equipped with 505 electric charging stations under the church of La Madeline, in the 8th arrondissement.

A car park equipped with 505 charging stations in Paris

The largest electric car park in France is now accessible in the heart of Paris. It is under the church of La Madeleine in the 8th arrondissement that a car park equipped with 505 electric charging stations opened last April. The car park is managed by Saemes, a company under the control of the City of Paris.

The charging stations are compatible with all electric models in the fleet. Their power ranges from 7 to 22 kW and will recharge your batteries in 5 to 6 hours. 30 charging stations are also available for 2 wheels.

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Improve the network of electric charging stations

New terminals are also being installed in another car park of the district and 240 are already in place Porte d’Auteuil. The objective of Saemes, the second car park manager in Paris, is to make half of its car fleet compatible with electric charging.

It is moreover TotalEnergies and Sogetrel, a telecommunications company, which is in charge of equipping the Saemes car parks. These two players also plan to convert the 200 Autolib’ stations, a self-service electric car project abandoned in 2018 due to financial failure. The contract, running over a decade, represents some 15 million euros.

Achieve the goal of 8,400 terminals in Paris by 2024

Because the objectives of the City and private actors are ambitious: equip the city with 8,400 charging stations by 2024. Underlying objective: ban diesel vehicles from the capital by 2024, and all internal combustion vehicles by 2030. To do this, “we must accelerate the transition of the vehicle fleet and for that, develop my infrastructures”, explains David Belliard, EELV deputy at the Paris town hall.

Currently, there are just over 2,200 charging stations in operation in the capital. In addition, 10 underground car parks will become centers of fast charging, or 50 kW of power to fully recharge in bare hour. The first of these “hubs”, located in the car park under the Town Hall, should come into service during the month of April.

The following will be put into service by 2025. “We see that each month, the number of subscribers and users increases”, alleges Philippe Callejon, director of mobility and new energies France of TotalEnergies. Indeed, the number of users was 25,000 when the service was launched in early 2021; it is now over 70,000 for the month of March 2022 alone.

Finally, TotalEnergies is converting certain petrol stations, like that of La Défense, into “ultra-fast” recharging centers, with a power of 175 kW, which makes it possible to gain “100 km of autonomy in 6 minutes”, according to Philippe Callejon. Around sixty similar projects are being studied for France, three of which are located in Paris.

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