Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

Greening transport 2013-EU-92055-S 



The overall objective of the project was to foster Electric Vehicle (EV) deployment in France within a short timeframe. It developed an understanding of all technological, environmental and end user requirements to enable the viability of an interoperable fast charging network in France and in Europe. There were three specific objectives, namely to:

  1. Test the use of EV infrastructure in a full live trial in France along the main TEN-T axes and French highways linking together large urban areas and suburban population centres. This objective will be met by deploying, testing, operating and monitoring a pilot of 200 new interoperable and multi-standard fast charging stations.
  2. Ensure full national interoperability within the pilot-scale network of 200 fast charging stations. Recommendations about interoperable connections with other already existing EV charging networks in France and neighbouring countries will be established in order to ensure full replicability across Europe.
  3. Develop and validate innovative business models supporting the deployment of a fast charging infrastructure. This objective will be met by comparing the data processed during the pilot with available benchmarks from other European EV infrastructure systems.

The consolidated results of the project were widely disseminated at national and European levels. They will provide a roadmap for France, and possibly other Member States, and support decision-making on nationwide roll-outs of EV infrastructure.

The Action was successfully completed although there was a variance between the number of stations deployed as part of the pilot network of charging facilities by the end of the Action. 181 stations out of 200 were installed and 171 were in operation by mid-September 2016. A national network of interoperable fast charging stations, promoting electromobility among consumers, and a sustainable fast charging service are now available for all EV users.

The action is closed.


EU contribution: €4,315,601


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This project was also the subject of a press release issued by the Agency.

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Member States involved:



Implementation schedule:

Start date: April 2014

End date: December 2015

Beneficiary & Implementing body:

 Electricité de France SA
 Renault SAS
 Nissan West Europe SAS
 Institut des Sciences et Technologies de Paris – ParisTech
 Volkswagen AG
 BMW (Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft)

Additional information:

 Coordinator’s Report of the Priority Project
 European Commission, DG MOVE
 Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA)

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