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  • How to put in place electric vehicles signs ?

    Electric vehicles are zooming onto the scene, and our road signs need to catch up! These eco-friendly rides are winning drivers over with way less CO2 emissions (like, half what a gas-guzzler pumps out). Therefore more and more EVs are hitting the road, it’s time to update our signs to help drivers and keep everyone safe.

    Signage for Electric Vehicles

    Parking Sign

    electric vehicles

    Ever wondered how drivers know where to park their electric vehicles (EVs) to top off their batteries? Here’s the lowdown:

    Authorities use two main signs to mark these charging-only spots:

    The “No Stopping and Parking” Sign (B6D): This blue circle with a red slash screams “don’t even think about parking here!” – except, of course, if you’re driving an EV.

    The “No Parking” Sign (B6A1) with an “Except Electric Vehicles” Panel (M6i): This dynamic duo combines a blue square with a red line (no parking zone) with a white rectangle showcasing a silhouette of a plugged-in electric car. It clearly says “no parking for most, but EVs, you’re welcome!”
    So, where do you find these signs?

    These signs are frequently stationed near electric vehicle charging stations, like the ones you might see at:

    • Shopping centers: Charge up while you grab some groceries.
    • Gas stations: Who needs gas when you can plug in? (Well, some of us still do, but EVs are catching up!)
    • Residential complexes: Top off your battery overnight in the comfort of your own neighborhood.
    • But also, Highway rest areas: Stretch your legs and recharge your car on a long road trip.
    • Essentially, the “Except Electric Vehicles” panel acts as a special invitation, letting EV drivers know they can park there while their battery gets back to life.

    Service Signs

    Electric Vehicle Charging


    The CE15i sign indicates one or more electric vehicle charging stations available 24/7.

    Electric Vehicle Charging + LPG Distribution Station


    The CE15j sign announces one or more electric vehicle charging stations and an LPG distribution station available 24/7.

    So, the implementation of these road signs is regulated by the decree of December 22, which has been recognized by the French Highway Code since 2014.

    Fuel Distribution Station


    The CE15g sign indicates a fuel distribution station available 24/7 that provides electric vehicle charging.

    Liquefied Petroleum Gas Fuel Distribution Station


    The CE15h sign announces a fuel distribution station open 24/7 that provides liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) refueling and electric vehicle charging.

    Regulations on Electric Vehicle Parking

    With electric vehicles (EVs) becoming increasingly popular, new regulations are paving the way for a more sustainable future. To address the growing demand for EV charging, a decree issued on July 13, 2016, mandated the pre-equipment of certain structures for EV charging stations.

    Here’s what this means:

    • Applies to new construction: This decree specifically targets buildings with building permits applied for after January 1, 2017.
    • Broad scope: The regulation encompasses a wide range of buildings, including those for residential, commercial, industrial, or public service purposes.
    • Charging stations become mandatory: These buildings must now be equipped with electric vehicle charging stations.

    Consequently, this decree ensures that new buildings are built with the infrastructure needed to support the growing number of EVs on the road. This proactive approach will not only benefit EV drivers but also contribute to a more environmentally friendly future.

    Thereafter, to determine the number of parking spaces reserved for electric vehicles in a parking lot, the size of the lot and the type of building must be considered.

    Parking with fewer than 40 spaces :

    Residential parking spaces : 50% of the spaces must be made available for electric vehicles.

    Public service, tertiary, and industrial parking spaces : 10% of the spaces must be pre-equipped.

    Commercial complex parking spaces : 5% of the spaces must be available.

    Parking with more than 40 spaces :

    Residential parking spaces : 75% of the spaces must be made available for electric vehicles.

    Public service, tertiary, and industrial parking spaces : 20% of the spaces must be pre-equipped.

    Commercial complex parking spaces : 10% of the spaces must be available.

    Ground Markings for Electric Vehicles

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    Additionally, to complement electric vehicle signage, ground markings can be applied to make the reserved parking spaces more visible and limit the use by other users.

    To create ground markings reserved for electric vehicles, two type of parking must be considered :

    • Angle parking : The space should be 5m long and 2.3m wide.
    • Parallel parking : The space should be 5m long and 2m wide.

    To mark the parking spaces, white paint must be used to create dashed lines. It can be accompanied by one or two electric vehicle pictograms in between. If the pictogram is placed between the lines, it must be twice the size of the pictogram used.

    Advantages of WP Signalisation

    WP Signalisation provides electric vehicle signs in traditional (aluminum), but also in innov range. Therefore, our signs stand out for their quality/price. Additionally, WP Signalisation provides you with installation and ground marking services.

    For more information, contact us via our contact form.