Electric car sales in France charging ahead

Electric vehicle sales soared 50% in 2019 – but the number of recharging bornes failed to keep pace and rose just 15%.

Nearly 70,000 electric vehicles were sold last year, bringing the total on French roads to around 213,000.

There were 28,666 recharging bornes counted last September.

That is 7.4 vehicles for each borne, better than EU guidance of one for each 10 vehicles, but half the charging points are in work premises or car parks, so are not accessible to the public.

The government wants 100,000 bornes by 2022.

Mathieu Chiara, spokesman for electric vehicle development agency Avere, said they were working on several ways to boost borne numbers, which hit 30,000 last month.

“The Advenir programme of certificats d’économies d’énergie cuts 40% off the bill for companies and copropriété resident groups fitting charging points in car parks ...

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