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Electric corridor along the Rhone

CNR is building fast charging stations accessible to the public along the Rhone to promote electric mobility and contribute to the combat against climate change.

borne-de-recharge-electrique-laveyronCNR is deploying a network of fast charging points in the Rhone Valley, from Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean. These points are all supplied by 100% renewable electricity produced by CNR, through its Move in Pure offer.

This electric corridor will comprise 27 stations, mostly equipped with two charging points, i.e. a total of 52 points no more than 30 km from each other. These points can charge the battery of an electric car up to 80% in less than 30 minutes at a flat rate of €5. More than fifteen stations will be open to the public by the end of 2015, and they will all be open in 2016.

For CNR, this represents an investment of €10 million, and belongs within the framework of its 3rd plan of Missions in the General Interest (2014/2018). It responds to a twofold objective: that of promoting the changeover to electric mobility by aiding the development of charging infrastructures and favouring the development of 100% renewable electricity for sustainable development.

Developed in collaboration with local authorities, CNR’s electric corridor in the Rhone Valley was acknowledged as a project of national interest by the government in March 2015.

Stations installed on major roads

The charging stations are installed on mains roads, close to town centres, enterprise parks and bridges across the Rhone. Most of these stations are equipped with two charging points and three charging spaces. When the site permits, the stations are equipped with a photovoltaic shade.

2 payment options are proposed: by KiWhi card or debit card via an interactive vocal server operated by Orange.

Roaming electric charging

GIREVE, a company of which CNR is a founding associate, and its German counterpart HUBJECT, are working to speed up the interconnection of charging networks in Europe. This interconnection will permit car drivers to easily charge their vehicles on either side of borders, whoever owns the station. In time, this electric roaming could provide access to supplies of 100% renewable energy produced by CNR wherever the charging point is installed.


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