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EDF will install ultra-fast electric charging stations in half of France’s McDonald’s

(Updated at 4:25 p.m.)

From now on, you can eat your burger… While loading your car! This Tuesday, Izivia, the EDF subsidiary specializing in electric charging stations for professionals, announced a large-scale partnership with the fast-food giant McDonald’s called “Izivia Fast”. Objective: equip 700 of the 1,500 McDonald’s restaurants in France with electric charging stations by 2025.

In total, more than 2,000 terminals will be deployed throughout the country.

We targeted all the sites owned by McDonald’s France which had parking and which were accessible by car. There will be between one and three terminals, depending on the density of electric vehicles in the area as well as available spaces. », explained Christelle Vives, the general director of Izivia.

The exclusive partnership between the two companies will last 12 years and will be co-financed by Izivia and Crédit Mutuel Impact. If the amount of the project has not been revealed, Izivia speaks of around 100,000 euros for the installation of a 150 kilowatt hour (kWh) terminal, i.e. a total budget of around 200 million euros for the entire project. .

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Only ultra-fast terminals

Because 2,000 ultra-fast electric charging stations will be made available to McDonald’s customers, allowing an 80% recharge in 20 minutes. “ It was necessary to allow for the time spent in this type of restaurant », explains Christelle Vives. Also, the EDF subsidiary is convinced that the transition to electricity will necessarily involve an increase in the number of ultra-fast charging terminals to increase attendance as well as the profitability of the terminals.

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We are banking on an average of 10 recharges per terminal. Today, we are around 2 to 3 per day “. A necessity for Izivia, which wishes to make its terminals profitable before the end of the contract, “ within 6 to 8 years » compared to 10 years on average currently.

Today, France has only 10% of ultra-high power terminals – those above 150 kWh – mainly located on motorways. “ When we look at the French network, out of the 100,000 terminals, there are only 10 fast charging points every 100 km, compared to Germany which has twice as many », lamented Matthieu Dischamps, the general manager of Powerdot, one of the leaders in charging in France in an interview for La Tribune a few months ago.

A number that could change quickly, as more and more new vehicles offered on the market accept significant powers. But ultra-fast charging stations have the disadvantage of using up the battery more quickly and could reduce its lifespan. Also, they are generally more expensive.

5 to 6 euros per 100 kilometers

Izivia has announced a price of 35 cents per kWh, or 5 to 6 euros per 100 kilometers. A very competitive price for the EDF subsidiary, which wishes “ popularize electric “. According to the latest Avere surveythe national association for the development of electric mobility, the average price of a charging session on an ultra-fast terminal (greater than 150 kWh) is around 57 cents per kWh and the average price for 100 kilometers varies between 11 and 13 euros, depending on network subscription or not.

The terminals can be used with “ a bank card, the IZIVIA Pass, the badge of another operator, the IZIVIA application or a QR code », specifies Izivia in its press release.

For infrastructure, the EDF subsidiary relied on the Slovak company Delta as well as the Spanish Ingeteam, renowned for their reliability according to the group. Thus, Izivia has committed to McDonald’s that its terminals will operate more than 97% of the time, compared to 96% currently on average.

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The McDonald’s brand had already started to deploy terminals partially in the North, but this is the first such important partnership with a specialized company for the group which wishes to ” encourage individual efforts and participate in a ecological and energy transition adapted to the needs of the territories », Assured Rémi Rocca, Senior Impact Director for McDonald’s France in the press release.

Before McDonald’s, Burger King and Subway took turns making announcements to praise the installation of electric charging stations in their parking lots. The State is particularly pushing restaurants and other supermarkets to equip themselves, in order to achieve the objective of 400,000 terminals planned for 2030.