The energy provider was charged by the Italian Ports Association to install 300 public EV charging stations in the areas managed by Italy’s 15 port authorities. The deal is part of a plan to set up around 7,000 charging stations by 2020, and 14,000 by 2022.
The corresponding declaration of intent was signed by Enel X, the company subsidiary responsible for EVs and the Assoporti association. The deal covers multiple years and an expansion phase.The chargers themselves will have a variety of capacities to deal with different traffic models: inner cities will have 22 kW stations, while “extra-urban” areas will receive 50 and 150 kW charging stations
Enel X will handle applications for concessions in the selected areas together with the authorities, as well as the connection, management and maintenance of the charging infrastructure. Zeno D’Agostino, President of Assoporti, followed up the agreement stating: “The Association has been focusing on the sustainability of ports, promoting research and studies in this area. This memorandum of understanding brings this effort into the field, with targeted actions at ports to encourage the use of electric cars. I am very pleased with the signing of this accord, because it will spark a process of environmental renewal.”
Enel is one of the energy companies that managed to quickly realize the potential of the mobility revolution and has managed to position themselves centrally, as a result. In October 2017, the company purchased the US American charging infrastructure specialist eMotorwerks via their subsidiary EnerNOC. The take-over allowed Enel to enter the US energy market, at the same time as profiting from the expertise from eMotorwerks. The company is also working on a variety of infrastructure projects across Europe.