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Returning from Bern, 11-12 March

Charging points seem to be on offer…
…but there is only one…
…and it is out of order. It was the same in each of our sample of service stations. Electric vehicles crossing France between UK and Switzerland? The infrastructure is just not in place.

Récharge Véhicule Electrique?

Another service station, near Dijon, again had just one designated EV parking bay. It was sad-looking, and unoccupied. A cable had obviously been laid, under a pedestrian pathway, between the charging point and a Cummings diesel generator adjacent to a large metal fuel tank. The generator was running and emitting diesel fumes. The charging point had an informative panel with a map of France, and, I assume, details of how to use it. The instructions were obscured by a single A4 paper sheet, taped on. The sheet bore a simple message in large, bold letters – PAS DE SERVICE.

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