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Electric cars in Nice

How can I buy an electric car in Nice? What assistance are you entitled to? How do you get charged? We've summed it all up in this article to give you a clearer picture. 

After Grenoble, Lyon and Paris, several French cities, including Nice, have already introduced a low-emission mobility zone (ZFE-m) since 2021. These ZFE-m zones will enable local authorities to restrict access to an area to the most polluting vehicles. By 2025, 43 other towns and cities with populations of over 150,000 will have to introduce a ZFE-m.

How can I buy an electric car in Nice? What assistance are you entitled to? How do you charge up? We've summed it all up in this article, so you can get a clearer picture. 

The city of Nice wishes to accelerate the ecological transition and therefore inevitably develop the use of electric cars. Electric cars emit no CO2 or noise pollution. What's more, they are often the preferred choice of French cities.

Nice city council is planning to introduce a ZFE-m (Low Emission Mobility Zone) to restrict the circulation of polluting vehicles and encourage the use of low CO2 emission cars within its metropolis.

Since January 2021, Nice has been working with all of the metropolitan area's coastal municipalities to launch a low-emission mobility zone project. In addition, the Promenade des Anglais will also be the site of a low-emission mobility zone with the aim of limiting the circulation of heavy goods vehicles and the most polluting vehicles.

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Subsidies for the purchase of an electric car in Nice as a private individual

The Nice metropolis

As of June 30, 2023, the Nice metropolitan area has put an end to grants and subsidies for the purchase of electric vehicles.

Ecological bonus

The ecological bonus is changing! With changes scheduled for January 1, 2023, the ecological bonus will drop from €6,000 to €5,000. This bonus is deducted directly from the price of the vehicle by the leasing company or dealer.

Conversion premium

You can also benefit from the "prime à la conversion" (conversion bonus) of up to €5,000, depending on your household income. The conversion bonus is government assistance for all French people to buy a new, less-polluting diesel, petrol, electric or rechargeable hybrid vehicle, whether used or new.

Subsidies for the purchase of an electric car in Nice for professionals

Regional assistance

You can benefit from assistance from the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region for professionals. This aid of up to €15,000 is available for LCVs (Light Commercial Vehicles). For used electric vehicles, assistance can reach €7500.

Ecological bonus

The ecological bonus has changed! From January 1, 2023, the ecological bonus will be reduced from €4,000 to €3,000. This bonus is deducted directly from the price of the vehicle by the leasing company or dealer.

Conversion premium

The aim of the department's aid for the purchase of an electric vehicle is to accelerate the replacement of the Ile-de-France car fleet with clean vehicles. It complements the conversion bonus introduced by the French government.

How do I apply for support for professionals?

The Provence-Alpes- Côte d'Azur Region can apply for aid for the purchase of an electric vehicle online or by post to :

  • Monsieur le Président du Conseil régional Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur,
  • Direction des Finances et du Contrôle de Gestion Service des Subventions,
  • Grants and Partners Unit,
  • Hôtel de Région 27 Place Jules Guesde,
  • 13481 MARSEILLE Cedex 20

Good to know: this request must be made before the vehicle is delivered.

What documents do I need to apply?

To receive assistance, applicants must provide a number of documents, including :

  • You'll find all the administrative documents you need on the online platform,
  • quotations, order forms or reservation forms giving details of the new or used vehicle purchased (technical specifications, eligibility criteria and CO2 emissions, etc.).
  • for local authorities or companies with obligations when it comes to fleet renewal, you'll need to : 
    • conduct a fleet audit
    • have a letter of commitment mentioning the number of clean vehicles acquired during fleet renewal

Once the application has been studied and approved by the Region, an invoice must be submitted to receive the grant.

The ZFE-m surcharge in Nice

The French government is stepping up its support for the democratization of electric cars. That's right, a ZFE is granted to residents and workers in low-emission zones. If you live or work in the ZFE-m in Nice, you can receive a bonus of up to €1,000. What's more, the ZFE-m bonus can be combined with other subsidies such as the ecological bonus and the conversion premium.

Buying an electric car in Nice

To buy a new electric car, you need to make sure that you meet the necessary conditions to obtain a credit, a long-term lease (LLD) or a lease with purchase option (LOA).

  • You are over 18
  • You are not registered with the Banque de France    
  • Your debt ratio does not exceed the regulatory 33%.
  • You have validated your trial period

Documents required for a company

For entrepreneurs and the self-employed

  • Bank details
  • Copy of National Identity Card
  • Last tax assessment
  • 2035 or 2042 tax return (self-employed professionals)
  • Simplified balance sheet (own-account companies)
  • Trade register

For companies/corporate bodies

  • Bank details
  • Latest published financial statements
  • Kbis extract or trade register (companies)
  • Articles of association
  • Copy of manager's National Identity Card 

Documents required for private individuals

The documents you need to apply for a credit or a LOA/LLD for your electric car:

  • A copy of your last three pay slips. If you are retired or self-employed, you will be asked for your last one or two tax notices.
  • A copy of your valid identity card or passport.
  • Proof of address less than 3 months old. This can be a gas, electricity or telephone bill (even a cell phone bill), a rent receipt or a title deed.
    A bank details form (RIB).
  • A signed and completed cheque for the amount of the first rent on your schedule. Payment of the first rent will only be made upon receipt of the vehicle.

Find out more: Should I buy my electric car on a leased or leasing basis?

How do you calculate your debt ratio?

The debt ratio must not exceed 33% of net household income. In other words, a banker will only accept your application if you can prove that your fixed expenses do not exceed 33% of your net income. 

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Parking your electric car in Nice

As part of the energy transition, Nice town council has implemented an action plan during the renewal of its vehicle fleet, allowing for free parkingt electric vehicles for 2 hours 15 minutes consecutively and once a day, while thermal vehicles are subject to an annual subscription fee of €165.

What's more, electric car owners can charge up for free at Nice's free parking zones and parking lots.

Read our feature : Parking your electric car: free parking?

What documents are required?

In order to benefit from the Nice Town Hall card, the following documents must be produced:

  • The last notice of council tax in 2 parts (lease or notarized deed for tenants or recently installed owners),
  • Proof of address less than 3 months old (water, electricity, gas, home insurance, telephone bill, etc.),
  • Registration certificate in the user's name; for those using a company car, a certificate from the employer (vehicle category "V7" must be equal to "0 CO2").

How do I apply?

Online

Or on the Nice Town Hall website by creating an account here.

Or by e-mail to the following address: [email protected]

Read our feature : Parking your electric car: free parking?

How do I recharge my electric car in Nice?

When it comes to recharging your electric car in Nice, there are several options available, depending on your situation. The city of Nice offers a number of charging solutions, with varying degrees of speed, for easy recharging.

Public charging stations in Nice

The Nice Côte d'Azur metropolitan area has set up a new network of charging stations called "Prise de Nice". Available 24/7, this network offers different types of charging: 

  • Load less than 22 kVA
  • Load between 23 and 50 kVA
  • Load between 50 and 150 kVA

There are over 280 charging stations set up by the "Prise de Nice" network. What's more, the different types of charging stations installed can accommodate all types of models and chargers (CHAdeMO / CCS).

Charging your electric vehicle in Nice as a private customer

You get 1 hour of free charging per day with a charging capacity of less than 22 kW.

However, after this hour, you will be billed a variable amount depending on the type of terminal you use during the day:

Load power Rates
Daytime (8am to 8pm)
Load less than 22 kVA

2.5 € per additional hour from the 2ᵉ hour and up to the 3ᵉ

4 € per additional hour from the 3ᵉ hour

6 € per additional hour from the 5ᵉ hour
Daytime (8am to 8pm)

Load between 23 kVA and 50 kVA

2.5 €/quarter-hour for the first 3 quarters of an hour then 10 €/quarter-hour
Daytime (8am to 8pm)

Load between 50 kVA and 150 kVA

5 €/quarter hour for the first 3 quarters of an hour then 15 €/quarter hour

During the night, rates change and are also subject to variation, depending on your use and the type of terminal chosen:

Load power Rates
Night (8pm to 8am)
Load less than 22 kVA
Hourly rate from 2nd hour: €1 capped at €4
Night (8pm to 8am)

Higher load from 23 to 50 kVA
From 1ʳᵉ hour: €2.50/quarter hour
Over 3ᵉ hours: €10/quarter-hour
Night (8pm to 8am)
Higher load from 50 to 150 kVA
From the 1st hour: €5/quarter-hour
Over the 3rd hour: €15/quarter-hour

Charging your electric vehicle in Nice as a professional

Professionals , whatever their sector of activity, associations or self-employed people with one or more electric vehicles who have subscribed to the service in advance, will be eligible for a 50% discount than for private customers.

According to the Prise de Nice platform, the rates applicable to private individuals are also valid for professionals.

To find out more: Prise de Nice - Our offers

To access the Nice metropolitan area charging network

  • Register on prisedenice.fr
  • You receive your badge directly to your home by mail

This will give you direct access to the charging station network throughout the city.

How can I install charging stations for my electric car in Nice? How can I get help?

If you buy an electric vehicle, it's a good idea toinstall charging stations at home in single-family home or in condominiums. In fact, 90% of electric car recharging takes place at home.

You can benefit from a wide range of grants for the installation of electric car charging stations.

  • The ADVENIR program, which offers a discount of up to €960 for an individual recharging solution.
  • The CITE (Crédit d'Impôt pour la Transition Ecologique - tax credit for ecological transition), which reimburses up to 30% of the cost of installing a charging station. 

In condominiums, whether you rent or own your home, you have what's known as the "right to a plug". This means that you cannot be refused the installation of a recharging point in your building's parking lot, for example.

Read also - Support for the installation of electric car charging stations

Now you know everything you need to know about electric cars in Nice. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at [email protected].

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