It’s time to break the cliché of the electric car confined to urban use once and for all. In fact, this type of vehicle adapts even better to life far from the big cities.
Should we really associate the electric car with a purely urban use? Even today, zero-emission vehicles struggle to get rid of this image of carts that are only good for touring the neighborhood. Yet Tesla has just unveiled a new sedan capable of driving 840 kilometers on a single charge, as much as a large diesel sedan. And most of the new electrics on the market can exceed 500 kilometers in their high-end versions. Even the most affordable models can travel over 200 kilometers and, if necessary, can be plugged into a fast charging station.
The countryside, the perfect environment for electric?
The consumers’ verdict confirms this: in rural areas, motorists travel an average of 40 kilometers per day and make fewer very long distance trips than residents of large cities. Vehicle autonomy and the need for daily recharging are therefore no longer constraints. As setting up outside metropolitan areas also more often makes it possible to live in a single-family house or in an apartment with an equipped parking space, access to an electric charging device at home also becomes much easier. Driving while recharging your electric car at home (on a wall terminal or reinforced socket) will then make it possible to carry out a large part of daily and local journeys without having to recharge while roaming.
A good way to save on your transport budget
Far from big cities, getting around other than with your own vehicle is more problematic and can cause knots in the brain! The multiple solutions of metropolitan areas in terms of public transport do not exist there, and the distances to be covered are not always compatible with soft mobility such as cycling or scootering. This is why the budget linked to mobility is traditionally larger in the countryside than in the city. While this budget constitutes on average 6% of the total expenditure of Parisian households each year, it can reach 15% in the less dense provinces. However, making daily trips in recharging your electric car at home or on the site of his company, can drastically reduce his travel budget.
On average, in electric and to drive 100km you will pay 1.46 euros. Contrary to thermal where for 100km in gasoline it will cost you 11.55 euros. The electric car would then cut your fuel budget by around 5 over 1 year!
Other savings related to electric vehicles
Of ecological bonuses allow households to benefit from purchase premiums: 7,000 euros until June 30, 2021 for new vehicles and 1,000 for used electric vehicles. In addition, since August 2019, the most modest households and non-taxable employees can benefit from a conversion bonus of up to 5,000 euros. A real booster! With these cumulative aids, the starting addition tends to soften. Especially since the electric car hides another advantage in use, its maintenance cost. Only the tires and to a lesser extent the brakes need to be changed from time to time. No more costs associated with engine maintenance, knowing that the latest studies on the reliability of electric batteries also prove that their performance is maintained in the long term.
Lots of public terminals, too!
The European Union recommends that for every 10 electric vehicles in circulation corresponds 1 charging point open to the public. Until now, France has been a good student with a ratio of 7 electric vehicles to 1 charging point, a ratio recently reduced to 10: 1, certainly given the explosion in sales of electric vehicles. This ratio is particularly true in rural areas. Because yes, for long-distance trips, for which rapid recharging is preferred, sparsely populated areas are quite suitable because, due to more accessible land, it would facilitate the installation of recharging infrastructures and in particular of fast recharge. Today many local charging networks, covering urban, peri-urban and rural areas, are emerging!
For example, the “MObiVE” network operated by IZIVIA and deployed in New Aquitaine, offers motorists more than 1,300 public charging points. The key: recharging possible throughout the region, a unique “MObiVE” recharging pass for greater simplicity and an application of the same name allowing the availability of charging points to be monitored in real time. With its network of terminals, located every 30 to 40 km on average, you can move around the departments of Nouvelle-Aquitaine with confidence. And yes, you don’t need to be in Agen, Bordeaux or Toulouse to charge your electric car. Something to inspire other French regions …
Carsharing solutions, anyway
Even in the least urbanized corners of the country, carsharing projects are multiplying to come to the aid of inhabitants without means of transport. We can cite Autofree in Orne, Lulu Autopartage in Meurthe & Moselle, AutoCampagne in Terres de Saône or even Mobedis in Aveyron. The goal of these projects? Adapt as best as possible to the specific needs and resources of populations living far from metropolitan areas. So that, again, travel does not necessarily imply ownership of a vehicle …