French EV drivers will soon have plenty of options for intercity travel. The Corri-Door project plans to install 200 DC fast charging points at 80 km intervals along major highways, and in nearby shopping centers, throughout the country. The first two stations are now operational, at the Bosgouet Nord (A13) and Tardenois Nord (A4) motorway service stations, and the rest are to be deployed by the end of the year.
The Corri-Door is co-financed (50%) by the European Union and a consortium that includes electric utility EDF; automakers Renault, Nissan, BMW and Volkswagen; and 12 engineering and business schools.
The charging stations are manufactured in France and run on renewable electricity supplied by EDF. The multi-standard chargers are compatible with all commercially available EVs.
The educational institutions involved will be studying usage patterns of the network to gather information on customer experiences, economic viability and business models, to support the long-term goal of developing an interconnected and interoperable charging infrastructure throughout Europe.