Enel installed 30 Fast Recharge Plus charging stations which cover the route from Rome to Milan with a station every 60 km. A full recharge will be possible in 20 minutes
EVA+ is the electric mobility project coordinated by Enel with the participation of Verbund, Renault, Nissan, BMW and Volkswagen Group Italia (represented by Volkswagen and Audi) and co-financed by the European Commission
Rome, September 29th, 2017 – The first 30 fast recharging stations for electric vehicles will be ready for use along main motorways starting from Sunday, October 1st. Enel has installed the first 20 Fast Recharge stations under the EVA+ project - Electric Vehicles Arteries and has added a further 10 stations to further strengthen the extra-urban fast charging infrastructure.
EVA+ is the electric mobility project which foresees the installation of 200 fast charging stations on extra-urban roads over a period of three years, of which 180 in Italy and the other 20 in Austria. The programme, co-financed by the European Commission under the “Connecting Europe Facility” plan, sees the collaboration of Enel, as coordinator, and the leading Austrian utility Verbund, together with some of the world’s main electric vehicle manufacturers such as Renault, Nissan, BMW and Volkswagen Group Italia (represented by Volkswagen and Audi).
EVA+ sees the start of the first charging network which will enable the use of electric vehicles outside urban areas. The charging infrastructures installed are “Enel Fast Recharge Plus” stations, a technology developed entirely by Enel that guarantees a full recharge in less than 20 minutes, compatible with all electric vehicles on the market and in compliance with the highest safety standards.
Through this first installation under the EVA+ project, the Rome-Milan route has been "electrified", with a charging station approximately every 60 km. The 30 charging stations are primarily located in areas adjacent to motorway access areas in order to also offer the service to drivers using electric vehicles for extra-urban trips with stops compatible with the recharge time, in places such as shopping centres.
To implement the project, agreements were signed with shopping centres such as the Outlet Village chain, local authorities, hotels, restaurants, ACI centres as well as Total Erg and API/IP service stations. In addition, thanks to an agreement between Enel and Anas, the first charging station has been installed in Rome on the motorway section within the Grande Raccordo Anulare (GRA) at the Total Erg Selva Candida Esterna service area. In October, collaboration with Anas will see the installation of further charging stations: one on the GRA motorway and two on the Salerno-Reggio Calabria motorway. In Milan the charging station has been installed at the API/IP service area on Via La Spezia and will not only serve extra-urban traffic, but also journeys within the city.
The following municipalities have joined EVA+ offering public areas close to motorway exits: Barberino del Mugello (province of Florence), Florence, Orvieto (province of Terni), Cassino (province of Frosinone), Tortona (province of Alessandria), Trivolzio (province of Pavia), Vicolungo (province of Novara), Carpi (province of Modena), Albisola Superiore (province of Savona), Ronco Scrivia (province of Genoa), Sant’Ilario d’Enza (province of Reggio Emilia), and Terranuova Bracciolini (province of Arezzo).
Thanks to the agreement with the Blackstone Group’s Multi Outlet, every “land of fashion” will have a fast charging station. They will be located at strategic points close to the main motorway sections at Valdichiana Outlet Village, Mantova Outlet Village, Franciacorta Outlet Village, Palmanova Outlet Village and Puglia Outlet Village. Additional 6 fast charging stations were installed at the shopping centres “I Petali” Reggio Emilia, Fidenza Shopping Park and Bologna Meraville shopping mall; two stations in the Carpi and Sant’Ilario d’Enza municipalities and another in the public parking lot of the Ferrara ACI association.
The station located at the Ferrara ACI offices, together with the installation of an additional charging station at the ACI Lainate safe driving circuit, is the result of greater collaboration with ACI Vallelunga. This will see the establishment of the first Enel research and development centre for electric mobility at the Vallelunga racetrack, where all the Enel electric vehicle charging technology solutions will be tested and promoted.