France increases its investment in electric vehicle charging infrastructure, allocating an additional €200 million to support the expansion of public and commercial charging stations. This move is in line with the country’s goal of achieving 400,000 public charging points by 2030, promoting electric mobility and reducing emissions.
France is bolstering its commitment to electric vehicle (EV) adoption by allocating an additional €200 million to the Advenir charging infrastructure funding programme. This supplementary budget is aimed at enhancing support for charging infrastructure in various sectors, including home charging, public charging stations, and charging facilities for heavy commercial vehicles.
The decision to increase financial resources aligns with President Emmanuel Macron’s ambition to have 400,000 public charging points in operation by 2030. Transport Minister Clément Beaune expressed the government’s dedication to advancing electric mobility, stating, “This autumn we are stepping on the gas for electric cars: an additional €200 million to accelerate the construction of charging stations, a stronger eco-bonus for low earners, social leasing for the middle class, and a simplification of retrofitting.”
The Advenir funding program, initiated in 2016, has already mobilised €320 million for the establishment of nearly 140,000 charging points. As part of this programme, the state contributes up to 75 per cent of the grid connection costs.
By the end of the third quarter of 2023, a total of 1.7 million charging points had been deployed in France, although not all were funded through Advenir. Of these, approximately 110,000 are publicly accessible, placing France at the forefront of European countries in terms of publicly available charging infrastructure. The remainder of the charging points consists of private or corporate-owned facilities.
Furthermore, the French government recently announced the selection of twelve recipients for the second round of funding for the fast-charging station programme under the France 2030 initiative. Over the first two years, the government is backing 19 projects with €106 million in funding, resulting in total investments of €330 million to establish 4,400 fast charging points. Among these, 3,800 will have a minimum output of 150kW.