Enel X has signed an agreement that as of October will enable the interoperability of Enel X’s charging infrastructure with that of evway by Route220, a company that offers integrated services for electric vehicle owners.
The agreement will allow users of the evway app to charge their electric vehicles at Enel X’s charging stations installed throughout Italy, accessing information on the location of the stations, the power available, the type of outlet and recharging procedures. Users will be able to use the Quick 22 kW stations in urban areas and the Fast 50 kW facilities for fast vehicle charging.
“The agreement with evway by Route220 underscores our commitment to promoting an open model to enable the use of our network of charging stations”, said Alberto Piglia, Head of e-Mobility at Enel X. “Our goal is to open our infrastructure to other operators by offering a high-quality service to make life even easier for those who drive electric cars.”
“We are proud to have been selected by Enel X as an Italian interoperability partner”, remarked Carolina Solcia, CEO of Route220. “This important agreement strengthens our business model, which promotes opportunities to welcome the stakeholders of electric mobility in Italy.” Franco Barbieri, founder of Route220, said “This agreement rewards our efforts, which began in 2014, through the value that Enel X is also bringing to independent operators in this new sector”.
To foster the development of electric mobility in Italy, Enel has launched a plan for electric vehicle charging infrastructure that envisages the installation of about 7,000 stations by 2020, increasing to 14,000 by 2022, with an investment of between €100 million and €300 million.
The charging network will consist of Quick stations (22 kW) in urban areas and Fast (50 kW) as well as Ultra Fast (from 150 kW to 350 kW) stations for rapid charging in extra-urban areas. The urban charging network will complete the extra-urban system financed by the EVA+ project (Electric Vehicles Arteries), co-funded by the European Commission, which provides for the installation over three years of 180 charging stations along Italian extra-urban corridors.
In the area of interoperability, Enel X has also signed other agreements to allow customers to recharge their vehicles at charging infrastructure operated by other companies. Enel X has already signed interoperability agreements with Hera, Iren and Alperia.