Enel Group subsidiary Enel Distribuzione, and Hubject GmbH, a Berlin-based joint venture formed by BMW,Bosch, Daimler, EnBW, RWE and Siemens, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the development of a Europe-wide eRoaming interoperable charging platform. This will allow electric vehicle owners to charge their cars at stations owned by different operators while still being billed directly to their accounts, regardless of their distributor, meaning that the dream of a fully sustainable transport system could become a reality.
Thanks to the creation of a charging network of five thousand stations, driving from Palermo in Sicily all the way to North Cape in Norway with a zero emissions electric vehicle will soon be possible. The partnership between Enel and Hubject is the result of the EU- funded Green eMotion research project, which was launched in 2011 and involves 43 partners.
'We are aware of the need for a user-friendly electric vehicle charging network, both domestically and abroad,' explained Livio Gallo, Director of Enel's Global Infrastructure and Networks Division. The goal of the agreement is to make Enel's EEM (Electric Mobility Management) system and intercharge, Hubject's eRoaming platform, compatible. According to Gallo, the exchange of technology and expertise between the two companies will 'accelerate the interconnection of recharge infrastructure across Europe, creating a new e-mobility model, increasing driver comfort and promoting an eco-friendly travel culture'.
'Together with our partners, we have already made big steps towards the creation of a customer-friendly, Europe-wide charging network. We are pleased to have found another strong and competent partner in Enel,' said Hubject CEO Andreas Pfeiffer.
Enel's EMM platform currently supports over two thousand charging points (owned both by Enel and by other companies) in Spain, Italy, Romania and Greece, while Hubject manages a network of 3,000 interoperable charging facilities across Europe that is used by more than 120 operators and identifiable through the intercharge logo, which enables motorists to find their customer-friendly charge points.