Controlling Electric Vehicle Charging Stations: an innovative solution for Electra


“Fully mastering the use of kiosks to maximize quality of service is essential for an ambitious operator like Electra, which focuses on the user experience”.

Florian Petiot

Solution Manager

With the energy transition and the massive adoption of electric vehicles, the management of charging stations is becoming crucial for hyper-growth companies like Electra. Faced with growing demand, Electra called on Cocoparks and its charging station monitoring solution to optimize their use, reduce incidents of squatting and suction vehicles, and analyze the types of vehicles using its infrastructures.

Who is Electra?

Electra is one of France’s leading scale-ups in charging stations for electric vehicles. The hyper-growth company, headed by Aurélien de Meaux, is aiming to install 8,000 charging stations across Europe. The company has raised over €200 million in funds and debt to support this extraordinary growth.

Context: Hypergrowth challenges for Electra

Electra, a major player in the field of charging stations for electric vehicles, is experiencing rapid growth. This expansion brings with it major challenges:

  • Terminal management :
    • As the number of bollards installed increases, monitoring and control become more complex.
  • Inappropriate use :
    • Incidents of squatting (vehicles parking unduly) and suction vehicles (occupying bollards for too long) disrupt access for legitimate users.
  • Vehicle diversity :
    • An in-depth understanding of the types of vehicles using the terminals is essential for adapting services and infrastructures.

The Solution: An Integrated Charging Station Control System

In response to these challenges, Electra has developed an innovative solution to help you manage the use of charging stations. Here’s how it works:

  1. Real-time usage monitoring :
    • Each kiosk is equipped with a local artificial intelligence system to track usage in real time. These devices collect precise data on the duration of each charging session and detect any anomalies.
  2. Squat and suction vehicle management :
    • In the event of misuse, such as squatting or suction vehicles, the system sends alerts to the operators. Measures can be taken quickly, such as sending notifications to the drivers concerned or applying penalties.
  3. Vehicle Typology Analysis :
    • The solution collects information on the types of vehicles using the bollards (e.g. passenger cars, commercial vehicles, etc.). This analysis helps us to understand user needs and adapt infrastructures accordingly.

Impact of the Solution

The implementation of this charging station control solution has the potential to have significant impacts for Electra and its users:

  • Optimizing the use of charging stations :
    • Thanks to real-time monitoring, Electra can guarantee optimum use of the terminals. Incidents of squatting and suction vehicles can be reduced by 40%, improving terminal availability for legitimate users.
  • Improving customer satisfaction:
    • Users find available charging stations more easily, which improves their charging experience; including on the ELectra portal and tools such as chargemap.
  • Usage data :
    • Collecting and analyzing data on vehicle types enables Electra to adjust its development and investment strategies. For example, by adapting terminals to the specific needs of certain vehicle categories, Electra can better meet market demand.
  • Terminal Operating Efficiency :
    • Proactive terminal management reduces the cost of manual intervention and user complaints. Automated alerts enable fast, efficient response to problems.
  • Contribution to the Energy Transition :
    • By optimizing the use of charging stations, Electra contributes to the energy transition by making electric vehicle charging more accessible and reliable, encouraging more drivers to switch to electric.

Conclusion: mastering the use of bollards, a must-have

Electra’s deployment of a charging station control solution illustrates the impact and importance of technology in effectively managing infrastructures during periods of hypergrowth. By improving terminal availability, reducing inappropriate use and better understanding user needs, Electra is not only meeting today’s challenges, but also positioning itself as a leader in the energy transition.

“An ultra-simple solution”.

Florian Petiot

Solution Manager

electra borne
>150 charging stations
Real-time observatory - Control assistance
Charging stations

Cocoparks develops and deploys the benchmark solution for intelligent traffic and parking management

Let's get in touch!

Let’s work together to speed up the development of charging stations for electric vehicles

Observatoire analytique du stationnement

Des data précises, objectives sur le stationnement, enfin !​

Aide au controle

Améliorer l'efficacité du controle avec de la data

Guidage à la place

Apporter un service visible au quotidien pour vos usagers​

L'appli Cocoparks

Le stationnement en temps réel, dans votre poche !​

Collaboration et gestion des arrêtés

Gagnez du temps et en qualité pour transformer la voirie

Optimisation du stationnement

Réorganiser pour améliorer l'attractivité et la sécurité

La tech est au cœur de la solution Cocoparks, par ici pour découvrir notre plateforme technologique


Observatoire analytique du stationnement

Precise, objective parking data, at last!

Control assistance

Improving control efficiency with data

In-place guidance

Provide a visible daily service for your customers

Cocoparks app

Real-time parking in your pocket!

Collaboration and management of orders

Save time and improve quality to transform roadways

Technology platform

Reorganizing for greater attractiveness and safety

Technology is at the heart of the Cocoparks solution. Click here to discover our technological platform.