Not content with electrifying its product range with the aim of selling only electric vehicles in Europe by 2030, the Stellantis group has also committed itself to setting up a network of charging stations called Atlante, in partnership with NHOA, formerly Engie. The Atlante network is therefore developing and has just inaugurated its first charging station in France.
On 21 March, Atlante inaugurated its first French charging station in a business park near Châlons in the Champagne region, marking the start of the installation of a hundred charging stations planned in France over the next 18 months. This first station includes 8 fast and ultra-fast charging points at €0.58 per kilowatt-hour, making it one of the most accessible in France. Stellantis Group vehicles will soon benefit from a preferential rate, although these stations will be open to all electric vehicles.
This first station will be followed by a hundred others on national roads and motorways, particularly in the south of France on the Vinci network, but also in shopping centre car parks.
In the long term, the Atlante network is ambitious: the aim is to offer the first network of charging stations in southern Europe, with the aim of opening 3,000 charging stations by the end of 2023, before gradually increasing the network to 35,000 terminals by 2030. The Atlante network will be mainly located in Italy, where it already has 34 stations, Portugal, Spain and then France, which will ultimately be the main market for a new network.
With this new network, Stellantis joins the club of manufacturers with a charging network (Ionity for BMW, Ford, Hyundai, Mercedes and Volkswagen or Superchargers for Tesla) and contributes to the democratisation of charging electric vehicles by connecting the territory at transit points to eliminate the fear of autonomy) or at stops such as shopping centres, where customers can charge their vehicles while shopping. Even if the arrival of this network is quite late compared to others like Ionity, its location in southern Europe will complement Ionity, which is located more in northern Europe.