Electric cars: no longer the sole domain of city dwellers
In the Vendée, electric mobility is extending beyond the city fringe
What if we put paid to the idea that electric cars are solely for urban mobility? In France’s Vendée administrative department, EDF subsidiary Sodetrel and SyDEV, the Vendée authority in charge of energy and infrastructure representing 282 muncipalities and 28 inter-municipal organisations, are working to dispel this idea. While it’s true that charge point infrastructure and electric car-sharing services initially began in city centres, today, that is all changing – electric mobility is growing in outer-urban and rural areas. It’s the case in this particular area, where the population density is average for France and there are just eight municipalities with a population of over 10,000.
Backed by a network of charge points and services
In the Vendée, SyDEV is rolling out a network of 125 charge points that will cover the department by the end of 2016. The network will be operated and managed by Sodetrel. The aim is to provide all electric car drivers with the possibility of easily locating a charge point in service, whatever the car model. Sodetrel’s teams will provide telephone assistance 7/7 from 7.00 am to 10.00 pm, and remote real-time supervision of the charge points. In under 10 minutes, they can intervene remotely to solve any malfunctions. Continuous service guaranteed!
125 charge points planned, of which 74 are already installed
More than 4,000 charges made in the space of a year
Electric mobility for EDF employees
At the Chooz nuclear power plant in France’s Ardennes department, EDF has introduced a car-share system for its employees involving 30 electric vehicles and 23 charge points. This system also includes a booking website to encourage employee carpooling between home and work. Low-carbon travel is the name of the game. Similar initiatives have been introduced at other EDF sites, including the Belleville-sur-Loire nuclear power plant.