Corri-Door project: first electric vehicle charging points are put into service

Map of charging points in France

Map of charging points in France

The first two fast charging points for electric vehicles are now operational at the Bosgouet Nord (A13) and Tardenois Nord (A4) motorway service stations operated by SANEF. The charging points, which can charge an electric vehicle (EV) in under 30 minutes, are part of a national scheme co-financed by the European Union (TEN-T Programme) and a consortium of electric mobility stakeholders led by the EDF Group. Corri-Door represents a major breakthrough for vehicle range and a massive step forward for the development of electric mobility.

With the Corri-Door project, 200 new fast charging points will be rolled out across France by December 2015. They will be located along major motorways operated by the SANEF Group (SANEF, SAPN), one of the original partners, and APRR and Vinci Autoroutes (ASF, COFIROUTE, ESCOTA), as well as in nearby shopping centres. Positioned at 80 km intervals, Corri-Door charging points make inter-urban driving a reality, thereby removing one of the barriers to the development of electric mobility

The aim of the Corri-Door project is to charge vehicles in the time it takes to have a motorway break: cars can be 80% charged in under 30 minutes. In addition, the Corri-Door intelligent charging points are universal and compatible with all commercially available EVs.

Mobility operator Sodetrel plans to launch its own scheme for the Corri-Door charging service. The Sodetrel Pass will be available from its website sodetrel-mobilite.fr, or from service stations that offer the service. Members of other schemes will also be able to use the Corri-Door network to charge their vehicles, since the charging points are interoperable.

Based on project feedback and studies conducted by ParisTech, Corri-Door will glean information on:

–       customer expectations of the charging service,

–       economic viability and business models,

–       opportunities for deployment of an interconnected and interoperable charging infrastructure network in Europe.

The Corri-Door network means that France is now one of the world’s most advanced countries for the deployment of EV fast charging points. The Corri-Door charging points are manufactured in France and run on renewable electricity supplied by EDF.

Who are the Corri-Door partners?

The Corri-Door project is 50% co-financed by the European Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T) Programme. It is being deployed by a consortium of seven partners:

–  EDF S.A.,

–  its subsidiary Sodetrel,

–  Renault,

–  Nissan,

–  BMW,

–  Volkswagen,

–  ParisTech (12 engineering and business schools).

About EDF

EDF Group, one of the leaders in the European energy market, is an integrated energy company active in all areas of the business: generation, transmission, distribution, energy supply and trading. The Group is the leading electricity producer in Europe. In France, it has mainly nuclear and hydropower generation facilities where 97.6% of the electricity generated is CO2-free. EDF’s transmission and distribution subsidiaries in France operate 1,285,000 km of low and medium voltage overhead and underground electricity lines and around 100,000 km of high and very high voltage networks The Group supplies energy and services to around 37.8 million customers, 28.3 million of them in France. The Group generated consolidated sales of €72.9 billion in 2014, of which 45.2% was outside France. EDF is listed on the Paris Stock Exchange and is a member of the CAC 40 index.

About Renault

The Renault group has been making cars since 1898. Today it is an international multi-brand group, selling more than 2.7 million vehicles in 125 countries in 2013, with 37 manufacturing sites, and employing nearly 118,000 people. To meet the major technological challenges of the future and continue its strategy of profitable growth, the Group is harnessing its international development and the complementary fit of its three brands, Renault, Dacia and Renault Samsung Motors, together with electric vehicles, the Alliance with Nissan, and its partnerships with AVTOVAZ, Daimler and Mitsubishi. With 12 world championship titles in 36 years, Renault’s expertise in Formula 1 is equally remarkable, as a vector of innovation, image and awareness. 

About Nissan Motor Co.

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan’s second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 247,500 employees globally, Nissan sold 5.32 million vehicles and generated revenue of 11.38 trillion yen (USD 103.6 billion) in fiscal year 2014. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. Nissan leads the world in zero-emission mobility, dominated by sales of the LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle. It is the best-selling EV in history with almost 50% share of the zero-emission vehicle segment.

About BMW

With its three brands BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce, the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services. As a global company, the BMW Group operates 30 production and assembly facilities in 14 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries. In 2014, the BMW Group sold approximately 2.118 million cars and 123,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax for the financial year 2014 was approximately € 8.71 billion on revenues amounting to € 80.40 billion. As of 31 December 2014, the BMW Group had a workforce of 116,324 employees. The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

About Volkswagen

The Volkswagen brand is owned by the Volkswagen Group, the world’s second-largest car manufacturer. In 2014 it sold a record 10.1 million cars. From the launch of the Beetle in the early 1930s, the Volkswagen brand has successfully captured the global market with cars that challenge the norm. Over the years, Volkswagen has built on this image, successfully positioning itself through effective marketing and technological excellence to make innovation affordable for all.

As one of the world’s leading carmakers, Volkswagen’s performance continues to go from strength to strength. Its numerous triumphs include the Passat Syncro, the Golf VR6 engine, TSI direct injection, the TDI diesel engine, the DSG dual-clutch sequential gearbox, Park Assist and Lane Assist technology and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Front Assist. Through this technological prowess, Volkswagen offers drivers cutting-edge performance as well as the latest advances in safety, fuel efficiency and emissions technology. Volkswagen is responsible for Anti-lock Braking Systems (ABS), dual airbags and electronic stability programmes (ESP) being offered as standard on vehicles. It also introduced “4motion” transmission, permanent four-wheel drive for improved safety and grip in snow or on wet and slippery roads, and for an enhanced driving experience in dry conditions.

It also brought its advanced BlueMotion range to market, combining a TDI® particulate filter engine, advanced transmission and engine settings, low rolling resistance tyres and improved aerodynamics for even better fuel consumption and lower emissions. The Volkswagen range now includes two electric models (e-Up! and e-Golf), and a rechargeable hybrid model (Golf GTE). With its continual quest to improve efficiency through technology, Volkswagen is the brand of choice for the most discerning of drivers.

About SODETREL

SODETREL, a 100% subsidiary of EDF SA, is a partner of local authorities and businesses, dedicated to the development of innovative solutions in the field of electric mobility. SODETREL positions itself as a provider of fully integrated charging services; from conception to installation, operation and maintenance of charging infrastructures for electric and hybrid vehicles. SODETREL operates several hundred charging points in real time and applies its proven expertise to propose intelligent, reliable and efficient charging systems. SODETREL also proposes a complete, 100% electric car sharing solution, integrating infrastructure, vehicles and a comprehensive operating system. Furthermore, SODETREL is one of the French market leaders in electric battery hire and maintenance facilities, used by electrically powered public transport networks and final mile delivery, urban area logistics.

About ParisTech

ParisTech is a consortium of prestigious higher education institutions, which collaborate on joint training, research and innovation projects in the fields of Science, Technology and Management. Comprising 12 Grandes Écoles based in the Greater Paris area, each of which is a leader in its field, ParisTech works closely with education and research centre worldwide, and has entered into numerous partnership agreements.

About the Trans-European Transport Network programme

The TEN-T programme was established by the European Commission to support the construction and modernisation of transport infrastructure across the European Union. The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) manages the technical and financial implementation of the TEN-T programme.

[Source : Renault]

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