There are not enough charging stations. All manufacturers are putting pressure on, owners are warning about the reliability of the network and the European Commission is setting a very ambitious target for 2035. In this context, SPIE and Demeter have joined forces to meet growing recharging needs. These two large groups announce the establishment of 13 stations on motorways by the end of the year, from the northeast quarter to Bordeaux, on the Vinci and APRR networks.
Tesla Mag wanted to find out more by interviewing Luc Sauze, CEO of SPIE CityNetworks.
Are you in the process of moving from subcontractor to operator?
You can see this movement as one more operator in the race for who will have the most terminals in the territory. We perceive it as an unprecedented movement since SPIE is a subcontractor recognized for its technical skills.
In the field of electrical energy, major players often call on SPIE to deploy high-power networks at national level, without this disrupting the smooth running of their structure.
Why choose highway deployment?
“We have been an extremely important provider on motorways for years. We have a certain appetite for superchargers, we have installed several charging stations for Tesla and we wanted to be present in this new market.
E-Vadea is now a way of exploiting the market, even if we are above all installers maintainers. This will be the trademark of an SPIE and FMET company, of which Demeter is already a shareholder.
What are the basic principles of these future e-Vadea stations?
The e-Vadea stations will offer a fluid, reliable and attractive customer experience for recharging. No need for a subscription or special card, because the simplification of the customer journey has been thought of as a priority, whether in terms of access to payment (by bank card or recharge badges), the customer journey or the number charging points available.
On this network, the reliability of the terminals has been considered since the design of the stations. This is why their operation and maintenance will be directly taken care of by the dedicated SPIE CityNetworks teams present throughout France. Each station will have up to 12 charging points and will be accessible to all types of vehicles.
The charging speed, thanks to terminals that will offer powers of 150 to 300 kW, aims to provide the best service to users by allowing them to recover up to 300 km of autonomy in 20 minutes.
Why the choice of high power?
“Based on our experience with the Metropolis network in Ile de France for the Greater Paris Metropolis, of which we are minority shareholders, we have noticed an increasingly strong demand for high power.
This project is mobilizing within the SPIE teams with the implementation of new skills and business expertise that demonstrates our ability to adapt to new uses of on-street equipment.
We are proud to deploy the e-Vadea brand, which will provide all motorists who have chosen to go electric with optimal charging conditions for their journeys throughout France”.
When is the first station scheduled?
“We are moving forward in parallel on several stations, the first commercial openings are planned for the fall on several networks”
How will you manage the deployment of other networks?
“SPIE CityNetworks is a national company with approximately 4,200 employees spread across the country. If a network needs our services, we will be perfectly able to participate and deploy it successfully”.
The final word is for Philippe Detours, Managing Partner at DEMETER: “As financiers of the ecological transition via the Fonds de Modernization Ecologique des Transports (FMET), we are delighted to develop with SPIE the e-Vadea brand at which will make it possible to concretely support the development of electric mobility in France.
This independent and attractive offer developed by SPIE was designed as a platform open to all mobility users and operators, with very strict service quality requirements. »
DEMETER in brief:
DEMETER is a major European player in investment capital for the ecological transition. Its funds invest between 1 and 30 million euros to support companies in the sector at all stages of their development: innovative start-ups, fast-growing SMEs and ETIs and infrastructure projects.
The Demeter team has 37 people based in Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux, Grenoble, Metz, Madrid and Düsseldorf, manages 1 billion euros and has made 200 investments since 2005. The Fonds de Modernization Ecologique des Transports (FMET) is a fund of 200 million euros, dedicated to investment in infrastructure for the ecological modernization of transport, invested by VINCI Autoroutes, APRR and the Abertis group, shareholder of SANEF.
SPIE CityNetworks in brief:
A subsidiary of SPIE France, SPIE CityNetworks is the regional performance partner. SPIE CityNetworks offers its public and private customers solutions at the service of citizens and intervenes in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of technical installations.
SPIE CityNetworks provides long-term support to its customers in four strategic segments: energy networks, digital networks, service to the city, transport and mobility. The subsidiary has more than 4,100 employees who operate from 160 locations, as close as possible
SPIE France in brief:
SPIE France, a subsidiary of the SPIE group, European leader in multi-technical services, is a major player in the energy and digital transition. SPIE France is organized into five subsidiaries and six national divisions, SPIE ICS (digital and technological services), SPIE Facilities (maintenance and Facility Management), SPIE CityNetworks (energy and digital networks, transport and services to the city), SPIE Nucléaire (specialized services for the nuclear industry), and finally, the Industry division of SPIE Industrie & Tertiaire (reference industrial partner for smart and agile solutions) and the Tertiaire division of SPIE Industrie & Tertiaire (expertise dedicated to the intelligence of building and its performance).
SPIE France has 19,000 employees who operate from more than 400 locations spread throughout the national territory. With nearly 48,000 employees and strong local roots, SPIE achieved consolidated revenue of 6.97 billion euros in 2021 and consolidated EBITA of 427 million euros.