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Electric Everything: Gas is Now Cheaper than a Recharge

Man, the French Really Dont Get a Break...

A motorcyclist filling up at a station. Media sourced from Motorcycle.com.
A motorcyclist filling up at a station. Media sourced from Motorcycle.com.

The electric rider’s right to a cheap charge may soon come into question, thanks to the insane inflation of France’s cents per kilowatt-hour (c/kw-h); in fact, all accounts state it’s already beaten the price of a full tank of gasoline, depending on where and how you choose to juice up.

According to lerepairedesmotards, the ones at fault are also apparently the ones calling the shots; main recharging networks like Belib’ have “not only increased rates, but also changed the calculation of pricing [to include] charging time [and] the amount of energy consumed.”

A LiveWire recharging. Media sourced from Green Car Reports.
A LiveWire recharging. Media sourced from Green Car Reports.

This means many Parisians are forking over anywhere between €13 and €40 for 250km of travel – and sure, this includes a flux between the rider’s choice of charging speed and whether they’re a “subscriber to the service managed by TotalEnergies,” but come on. That’s an insane flux. 

“It therefore appears that, in the worst case scenario, the mileage cost of electricity is now higher than that of gasoline for a medium-sized car,” finishes the report. 

In our opinion, there are two options; go with the flow as electricity prices hike up, and take the hit, or go the frugal route by choosing slower-charging stations, mapping out cheaper, subscriber-friendly deals, and allow the electric charging industry begin the mimicry of our fossil fuel’s multi-choice methods. 

The Zero FXE. Media sourced from Electrek.
The Zero FXE. Media sourced from Electrek.

If you think about it, gas stations offer standard and premium, with many families aligning their points cards to benefit their stations of choice; should the experience of an electric charge be any different? 

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*Media sourced from Green Car Reports, Electrek, and Motorcycle.com*