An innovative solution to charge electric vehicles implemented in Northern France

21 October 2020

Rely, October 21st, 2020 – The SPASAD (Multipurpose home help and care services) of Rely-Saint Venant, in partnership with the Departmental Energy Federation of Pas-de-Calais (FDE 62) in the North of France and Citelum (group EDF), inaugurate this day the new fleet of electric vehicles charging points integrated into lighting masts. 23 charging points will be provided to the association’s healthcare staff.

The contract is part of the process initiated in 2018 by the “Remora” experiment, launched at the initiative of the FDE 62, in partnership with the city of Calais (France), EDF and Citelum which validated the interest and the feasibility of integrating charging sockets into street lighting poles.

For this new project to develop the use of public lighting infrastructure, Citelum is very committed to rural territories in the design and deployment of innovative solutions serving eco-mobility and energy transition, to provide all its expertise in lighting and connected services connected to SPASAD, to support its initiative to develop green mobility for its healthcare professionals and facilitate their daily travel in times of crisis.

The charging device, entirely innovative in its design, uses the lighting infrastructure already in place, and fits seamlessly into existing masts, thus combining aesthetics and prevention against the risk of vandalism of the candelabra.

In accordance with the French decree 2017-26 of January 12, 2017, the solution will offer two types of outlets to SPASAD users: a type 2 outlet and a 10-16A domestic outlet. A dedicated terminal will also be made available to the public in the outdoor car park and will work with the PassPass Mobilités application, intended for users of public transport in Hauts-de-France (Northern region).

With this new service, SPASAD anticipates the application of the French Mobility Orientation Law promulgated in December 2019, which makes the deployment of the electric vehicle a priority to achieve carbon neutrality in 2050.

Pas-de-Calais department, via its Energy Federation, FDE 62, is already a pioneer in the implementation of this solution by awarding Citelum in February 2020 a framework agreement allowing local authorities in the department to acquire the innovative charging system on the public lighting network.

After having been successfully deployed in the cities of Calais and London, the recharging of electric vehicles via a lighting infrastructure represents a new solution for cities and industries wishing to actively participate in the energy transition, reduce pollution in cities and democratize electric mobility.