Nissan & Repsol team up on fast-charging Spain
Nissan and Spain’s petrochemical company Repsol have made a deal to, as they say, “promote electric mobility in Spain”. To start with, Repsol will install 15 fast-charging stations at their pitstops and offer discounts for Nissan EV drivers.
A company spokesperson told electrive that these 15 locations would be provided with more charging points as their usage increases. Neither Nissan nor Repsol would disclose any more details on charging power or standards, although they are likely to offer both ChaDeMo and CCS.
It also remains unclear, what Nissan’s part is in the deal apart from promoting the offer to their clients. Drivers of a Nissan electric vehicle will receive a 50 per cent discount when charging at Repsol stations.
Repsol claims to run over 250 public charging points in Spain, including 70 with fast charging capabilities, the majority located at service stations. Respol also counts another 1,000 electric charging terminals installed at companies and private residences.
Nissan also has its own fast-charging network through its Spanish dealer network, with 140 charging points. Whether the new deal will see a merging with Repsol charge points remains open.
María Victoria Zingoni, Executive Managing Director of Client and Low-Carbon Generation at Repsol, only said that the partnership with Nissan would help Repsol continue developing their fast-charging network in Spain. She also stressed their “position as a multi-energy company” dedicated to achieving zero net emissions by 2050. “We are the first company in our sector to set this ambitious target,” Zingono claims.
According to the recent count, Spain has seen growing electric vehicle uptake with nearly 18,000 BEVs sold in 2020. Simultaneously, the charging network represents less than three per cent in the European comparison, but recent initiatives aim to change this.
To start with, Repsol is not the only oil company trying to strengthen e-mobility infrastructure in Spain. Ionity has been cooperating with Cepsa (Compañía Española de Petróleos) since 2018 to install up to 100 of its HPC charging points. Cepsa is a Madrid-based petroleum company with a network of 1,800 service stations in Spain and Portugal.
And only this January, the European Investment Bank (EIB) provided 50 million euros to charging infrastructure provider Wenea for building more than 470 fast chargers for electric cars along highways in Spain by the end of 2022.
The EIB is also financing Endesa’s plan to build some 8,500 charging points by 2023 with 35 million euros across the country. The Spanish energy group Iberdrola also has ambitious plans for its charging network, with 150,000 charging points to be built by 2025, including numerous fast chargers with outputs of between 50 and 350 kW.