The Italian energy company Enel will be providing all 227 Italian municipalities with the Bandiera Arancione (Orange Flag) quality seal with at least two EV charging stations.
The seal is an Italian logo that has been in use since 2002 by the Touring Club Italiano. It is given to small communities with a maximum of 15,000 citizens for excellency in tourism, hospitality and the environment. Enel will be taking over the construction of the charging infrastructure, which begins this year and will complete in 2022, as well as maintenance of the stations themselves.
“Electric mobility is proving successful not only in large urban centres, but with this agreement it becomes an important tool for tourism, enhancing the appeal of our country’s landmarks,” said Francesco Venturini, Head of Enel X.
While the company is normally a globally active multi-national, the words carry certain love for home. In October 2017, for example Enel made headlines purchasing the Californian infrastructure specialist eMotorWerks via their US subsidiary EnerNOC. The purchase marked Enel’s entry to the US energy market. In Europe, the company is also active in large infrastructure projects, working together with NewMotion, TenneT and Mitsubishi on a pilot project for bilateral charging. They are also interested in joining Germany’s IONITY network and are part of a consortium to establish a HPC network in three southern European nations.