In December 2014, the European Commission contributed €5 million to an EDF-led project, CORRI-DOOR, whose purpose is to install 200 electric vehicle charging stations.
By the end of 2015, 200 fast-charging stations for electric and hybrid vehicles will have been put into service along the busiest roads and motorways and on the outskirts of major cities in France. A driver will be able to recharge his vehicle in half an hour. The type of station that has been chosen is compatible with all vehicles available in Europe.
A European project
The purpose of this project, which shall create electric mobility corridors and roll out fast-charging stations in France, is to accelerate the adoption and use of electric vehicles in France and Europe. It represents a first step towards a pan-European network that will bring together various local and national initiatives.
The project meets the goals laid down by the EU in its Connecting Europe Facility programme. As part of the TEN-T programme (Trans-European Transport Network), the European Commission has supported the project through funding worth almost €5 m; the total cost of the project is around €10 m. In return, the project coordinator will have to make recommendations to the Commission regarding the network's general roll-out on a European level.
EDF and its subsidiary, SODETREL, have joined forces with four French and German car manufacturers (Renault, Nissan, BMW, Volkswagen) and a research centre (PARITECH). This consortium accounts for over 80% of electric vehicle sales in Europe. The project partners have extensive experience in this field and are currently in the process of installing the same type of infrastructure elsewhere in Europe. EDF's Electric mobility division is the project coordinator while SODETREL is responsible for specifications, purchasing, installation, and operating all of the stations.