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22kW semi-rapid charge network goes live in Paris

The association has reported that the Belib network is being implemented at an estimated cost of €10.4m (£8.2m) with the participation of the region of Ile-de-France, ADEME (French Agency for Environment and Energy) and Sodetrel, the charging station operator.

All Belib stations, manufactured by CHAdeMO member company Lafon, are equipped with two semi-fast chargers, each with one CHAdeMO, CCS and Type 2 connectors. At 22kW, they are around half the usual output of a DC rapid charger, but three times the charging speed of most on-street units.

The scheme is particularly aimed at professional EV drivers and stations are predominantly located on delivery parking spots. Membership costs €15 and users then pay €1 per hour and €2 for the first extra 15 minutes and €4 thereafter for each 15-minute slot.

Commenting on the scheme, the CHAdeMO association said: “The Belib project proves that fast and semi-fast chargers are not only meant for highways but are also perfectly adapted to urban environments. Furthermore, this quick energy top-up service is a key component of a complete urban e-mobility strategy and a leverage to encourage companies to switch to electric vehicles. Given that Paris’ mobility initiatives often inspire cities around the world, we can expect other urban fast charging networks to come in the near future.”

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