Electric cars, sales on the rise in Italy (but there are no charging stations) – Corriere.it

Electric cars, sales on the rise in Italy (but there are no charging stations) – Corriere.it
Electric cars, sales on the rise in Italy (but there are no charging stations) – Corriere.it

In the first nine months of this year, 47,000 52 electric cars were sold in Italy, not counting hybrids. a three-digit increase of 168% over the same period of the previous year. This was revealed by the data released at the beginning of October by Motus-E, the association promoting electric mobility, which thus bring the total of Bev (Battery electric vehicles) in circulation to exceed 101 thousand units. a result achieved thanks to bonuses, state incentives and exemption from car taxes. At the top of the ranking of the best-selling models in Italy in the first nine months is the Fiat 500E with 7,000 838 units, followed by the Smart Fortwo with 4 thousand 559 cars and the Tesla Model 3 with 4 thousand 430. However, the situation of the recharging points remains less rosy.

The gap

The tables of the operators indicate the presence on the territory of 24,000 794 electric charging stations as of 30 September

. a figure that places us in seventh place in Europe (source Acea), with an average of five columns every 100 kilometers. Definitely few if compared with the first place in Holland: 47 columns every 100 kilometers. The scenario envisaged for 2030 indicates 4 million electric vehicles in Italy – explains Francesco Naso, Motus-E general secretary -. Based on the energy needs of these vehicles, we have estimated the need for 2.9 million home charging points. From these numbers an equation is confirmed. To sell more Bev it is necessary to increase the columns on the national territory. Because the lack of points for electric refueling and long recharging times (a few hours) discourage the purchase.

Enel X starts with an ambitious national plan to increase the number of public top-ups. To put it into effect, it availed itself of the collaboration with partners in the catering and large-scale distribution. Several agreements have been signed in recent months, starting with Conad to insert 250 infrastructures for electric cars in the parking lots of over 200 supermarkets, including 25 high-speed juice pumps. The motto: You go in for the shopping and the battery charges.
Mc Donald’s has chosen Enel X to equip 100 new restaurants with similar solutions, to date there are 13. Finally, in recent days, Leroy Merlyn joined for 20 new columns in ten megastores. In addition, to enhance the tourist fabric, Enel X has signed agreements with the Association of Authentic Italian Villages which will see 120 locations be born in 42 Municipalities. And with the Orange Flag of the TCI for 250 refills in 80 municipalities.

Agreements and Crowdfunding

Eni also shows interest in placing Bev totems. For this reason, in August, through Eni Gas and Luce, it signed the agreement for the acquisition of 100% of Be Power Spa. Through the subsidiary Be Charge, the second operator with more than 5,000 charging points.
Environmental sustainability and the will to supply clean energy from renewable sources are the objectives of SiRicarica, the Milanese startup born from the synergy of DriWe, Garage Italia and NaturaS. We want to install state-of-the-art electrical systems – says Luca Secco, SiRicarica and DriveWe administrator -: a double fast-charging column with a power of 22 kilowatts. In this way, in the time of an organic shopping in the 25 participating stores it is possible to regenerate 80% of the battery in one hour. Not only. The columns connected to the Internet are activated and managed by the smartphone, which first locates the points on the route and then allows them to be booked remotely.

Thanks to the equity crowdfunding campaign, SiRicarica has opened the doors to widespread shareholding. The first round of 300 thousand euros ended successfully at the end of August with 85 participants. The initiative also received the participation of Garage Italia, the creative hub founded by Lapo Elkann, for over two years among the players of the electric restomod: the practice of modified restoration of old cars increasingly widespread in Italy. a process that involves the revision of mechanics, interiors and part of the aesthetics, then inserting the electrical components.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Carrefour Italia and Be Charge (now Eni) are working on the Shop & Charge project which aims at the diffusion of the columns for the fast charging of Bev. The first 60 points are active in Piedmont, Lombardy, Veneto and Tuscany, and will be progressively extended to 135 selected Carrefour points of sale throughout Italy in 2022. Concessions in services are reserved for those with the Nuova 500E.


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