Ouest Charge, Belib’ – Increase in charging network prices: what about this popular shield?

Before last Christmas, we published an article about the price increase on the Ouest Charge network. Several of you have reported similar scenarios to us on other networks, particularly Belib. In addition, we have directly contacted the energy union, which hopes to implement the famous tariff shield announced by Emmanuel Macron. This will allow us to offer a more accessible service for electric motorists for as long as possible.

Western cargo

It should be recalled that the operator of the Ouest Charge network announced a very significant increase in tariffs through an electronic message effective from January 20, 2023. For example, with 22 kW AC terminals, the kilowatt-hour will increase from 0.22. €0.49 including tax.

With some uncertainty, the first message received in this sense by many users suggested that this scenario would apply to the 7 departments that make up the network in Brittany and Pays de la Loire. These are Côtes-d’Armor, Finistère, Ille-et-Vilaine, Loire-Atlantique, Mayenne, Vendée and Men-et-Loire. The latter, however, will not see an increase anytime soon. It seems that this is not the only one, and other branches of the network have ruled on a less strong curve.

At Automobile Propre, we greatly appreciated that SIEML (Syndicat intercommunal d’énergies de Maine-et-Loire) took the trouble to contact us directly to explain why. ” That everyone remains sovereign over the pricing of their terminals », 7 departmental energy union « Harmonization of tariffs in order to facilitate interoperability and inter-departmental roaming” “.

Men-et-Loire special event

The tension in the energy market has damaged the budget balance of several of these institutions and made them unable to comply with the principle of a single price schedule. Arriving slightly later than other departments in the Ouest Charge network, Main-et-Loire will not be subject to renewal of its electricity supply contract until January 1, 2024.

Meanwhile, SIEML ” tries to keep the incentive pricing policy as long as possible “. The only major development related to this area and to which we are committed: ” Enforcement of penalties for vehicles with suction cups that penalize other users “.

Julien Gerault, Technical Manager of IRVE for this enterprise, emphasizes that if SIEML had also passed within a year ” unusual growth “it would be the same in terms of electricity supply” he was forced to revise his prices “. If… in the Men-et-Loire energy community, we ” relies heavily on measures to be implemented by the state after the announcement made by the President of the Republic to extend the tariff shield to cargo stations. “.

Refill price shield

In one way and another, the charging price shield already exists. This benefits electric motorists who can refuel their electric vehicles from home. After an initial increase of 4% in 2022, the price of electricity for individuals will be capped at 15% again, and will see the next increase on February 1, out of price evolution in the markets.

Aware that deterrent tariffs on charging stations would make it harder for motorists unable to plug in an electric car at home or at work to adopt electric mobility, Emmanuel Macron abandoned the idea of ​​a special tariff shield. And since then nothing! The action was expected earlier this year. Maybe in a few days…

A senator waiting for an answer

In early November 2022, Senator Gilbert Roger from Seine-Saint-Denis asked for legal details. He proposed the types of refills that could cost as much as a full tank of diesel. And he emphasized the non-transparency of tariffs: ” Current prices offered by private companies are not transparent and may include rent, construction of terminals or other costs related to the enrichment of the company: all of these are far from the real price per kilowatt hour. “.

Hence his question: When and how will the government take necessary measures to make electricity prices transparent and regulated at charging stations? “. And to clarify: Without it, the conversion to electricity for transportation will fail. “.

His concern, referred to 0240S and published in the Official Journal of the Senate on November 3, has yet to receive a response from the Ministry of Energy Transition, which is empowered to respond to him.

Belib’ under the fire of the media

Following our article on the price increase of the Ouest Charge network, several of our readers reported on the scenario reserved by TotalEnergies for the Belib’ Ile-de-France network. Since it was the Paris region that was affected, the mainstream media picked up on the issue. ” Price increase in “Belib” terminals puts customers under pressure “, for example with the title Le Parisien. ” A sharp increase in tariffs at public terminals “, says Le Monde.

One of our readers, whom we intend to mention more widely, warned about the increase of Belib tariffs at the end of last December. He concluded: It’s very simple, the rates will increase at least 65% at night and triple during the day “. The previous situation suited him: Until then, the rates were very reasonable, especially 20 cents per kilowatt-hour at night (from 20.00) and 55 cents for a 15-minute charging period during the day (that’s 32 cents per kWh with about 7 kW of energy). “.

He considers the appearance of double billing for the time and energy delivered scandalous: “ In France, it’s usually one or the other, and it tends to be energy prices. There, there is a double penalty “.

New Belib’ tariffs?

Only applicable to Moto (up to 3.7 kW) and Flex (7 kW) offers, the share per kilowatt-hour is fixed: €0.55 including tax. Except for Belib subscribers living in Paris who top up between 11pm and 8am the next day, where the figures drop to €0.30.

The time portion is calculated for the starting 15-minute segment. Except for 50 kW terminals (Boost+) where the unit is minute (€0.50 for visitors; €0.45 including tax for subscribers whether they live in Paris or not). It starts at 2.30 euros per quarter with the Boost offer (22 kW), if you are not a subscriber (2.15 euros).

This gets seriously complicated for a concurrently Billed Time Flex offer, as we’ve seen before. We add €0.78 every 15 minutes for visitors and €0.60 for subscribers. If you also live in Paris, you pay less for a quarter of an hour with night rates: €0.20 from 8pm to 11pm, but only €0.05 from 11pm to 8am.

Adding that the subscription costs €7 incl. tax per year and after 14 consecutive hours there is a fine of €10 incl. tax every 60 minutes, simple right!? Again, we haven’t gone into the details of the Moto tariff. We allow you to find all this on a special site.

How much is a full 50 kWh in Belib?

We wanted to know the price of charging 50 kWh in Belib. Now on the Flex rate. First, let’s calculate the share of energy, which will be the same for everyone except for the night tariff. At €0.55 per unit for 50kWh, this gives us €27.50.

Now let’s look at the branching time. This formula requires an initial connection period of at least 7 hours and 15 minutes, i.e. 29 cycles of 15 minutes, at the maximum rated power of 7 kW. At €0.78 per visitor, that makes us €22.62, plus €27.50, for a total of €50.12.

Enough to reach 400 kilometers with a rather low average consumption of 12.5 kW/100 km or 12.53 euros per 100 km, which makes the calculations easier. The subscriber will have to pay 17.40 (29 x 0.60) for time sharing and therefore 44.90 euros in the end. These are the minimums: if the charging power is less than 7 kW, the bill will increase more or less.

The Paris subscriber will also be able to use the night rate, part of the energy is 15 euros (50 kWh x 0.30 euros) and 1.45 euros for the connection time (29 cycles with 0.05 euros), i.e. 16.45 euros. Total. Which will give 4.11 euros for 100 km in the city.

Increased refills

Still on paper, the Boost Belib offer is €2.15 or €2.30 including tax for 15 minutes for subscribers, respectively €62.35 (€29 x €2.15) and €66.70 for visitors ( 29 x 2.30 euros). .

But I imagine you will prefer the 50 kW terminal (Boost + offer). And you would be right, because it would be more profitable! So a one hour relationship? No, 75 minutes or about 50 kWh is assumed for a 64 kWh battery, given a favorable charging curve between 10 and 90%. Visitors, be prepared to pay €37.50 (75 minutes x €0.50). For subscribers it will be just €33.75 (75 minutes x €0.45).

Lack of competition prevents switching to other operators. If we have an electric car in Paris, we will therefore be completely trapped “, felt our reader. With such high prices, we understand that a shield is needed not only to emphasize a certain social gap, but also, and above all, not to spoil the impulse in favor of electricity.

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Author’s opinion

I would like to repeat that we especially appreciate our direct contact with SIEML to correct the situation regarding the increase in charge prices on the Ouest Charge network.

We would like the mesh operator to take such an approach, providing us with the correct details that we cannot get when calling their services. This would allow our readers to get the right information quickly and at the same time reduce the number of calls they have to make to various energy associations. In the hope that if a case arises, it will be heard.

Likewise for other energy alliances, with some of which we have had very fruitful rapprochements in both directions in the past.

In any case, we can take this opportunity to inform our readers that SIEML will go one step further in 2023 regarding the alternative mobility show. It should be held at the end of September. New this year will be time for mobility exchanges. No rally yet, but from the feedback we’re getting, a dynamic team that seems to have fooled the public. We hope to be able to see it ourselves on the site early next fall.


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