Together with its automotive partners, Enel has completed the construction of all 200 fast-charging stations of EU project EVA+ (Electric Vehicle Arteries) in Italy and Austria. In both countries the 50 kW multi-chargers now add up to 400 charging points for all kinds of electric cars.
Initially set up in late 2016, the three-year project has thus reached its conclusion. Energy supplier Enel had secured support from car manufacturers Renault, Nissan, BMW, and Volkswagen Group Italia (with the Volkswagen and Audi brands). Besides, the European Commission funded the EVA+ (Electric Vehicle Arteries) project with a grant of 4.2 million euros as part of the Connecting Europe Facility Transport programme. Further onboard were Austria’s utility Verbund and network and service provider Smatrics.
One hundred eighty of the DC stations are located in Italy, the remaining 20 in Austria and Enel focussed on outer urban roads, especially sites on or near motorways. The EVA+ charging infrastructure in Italy was developed and installed by Enel X, the utility’s dedicated e-mobility branch. With a capacity of up to 50kW, each station allows for two vehicles to be charged at the same time in about 30 minutes. The charge points support CCS, CHAdeMO and Type 2.
The cooperation with Smatrics is a recent one and includes the Ionity network. This enables Enel X customers to access more than 6,000 charging stations in Europe using the ‘Juice Pass’ (formerly X Recharge) app. Outside of Italy, this includes charging sites in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the UK.