Not just a technological revolution but also a momentous cultural shift. With the continuous launch of new electric mobility solutions, people’s habits are also changing. Nowadays, driving an e-car is no longer just a case of choosing an alternative to fossil fuel-powered vehicles, but rather it represents the very future of mobility. It’s an important step towards the circular economy.
In Italy the priority has become the creation of an infrastructure network that is increasingly efficient and widespread in order to overcome “range anxiety” – the fear of running out of electricity mid journey. The real turning point in the e-Mobility Revolution was the launch of the National Plan for the installation of a charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. Enel aims to install 14 thousand charging columns (the equivalent of 28,000 charging points) all over the country by 2022. Up to 300 million euro will be invested in the project. The 22 kW “Quick” charging columns, which are mainly located in urban areas, are now supported by the “Fast” (50k W) and “UltraFast” (up to 350 kW) models in areas beyond the confines of the city.
Furthermore, the EVA+project is going ahead. This is the first integrated system for fast charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. The initiative is co-financed by the European Union and serves to facilitate long-distance electric travel along the main road arteries between Italy and Austria. 130 columns (110 in Italy and 20 in Austria) are already operative. This brings the total up to 260 charging points and the plan is to have 200 columns, with the installation of a further 70 in Italy.
Thanks to the Vehicle to Grid (v2G) technology, which was introduced by Enel in Denmark and then rolled out in the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Italy, electric cars can also be used as mobile batteries that can contribute to balancing the grid by emitting or withdrawing energy from the system as required. In the case of Italy, this project won Enel the Sustainable Development Award at the Ecomondo exhibition in Rimini.
The Electrify 2030 report, which was presented at the 44th edition of the Ambrosetti Forum on Lake Como in September 2018, analyses the entire Value Chain for electric mobility in Italy. The report picks out some 160 thousand companies that could potentially be involved, with a total of 823 thousand jobs and revenues of more 420 billion euro.
Particularly in the case of Enel X (the company in the Group that specialises in the development of electric mobility and new digital services for energy), sustainable mobility is an integral part of the circular economy paradigm, featuring in two of its five keystones. Indeed electric vehicles represent “sustainable inputs,” contributing to a reduction in energy consumption and, consequently, fewer harmful emissions. Car sharing, on the other hand, is the application of the key concept of the “product as a service,” in which the company or service provider, rather than selling the car to the customer, directly sells the service of mobility, reducing the number of vehicles in circulation and consequently offering obvious benefits for our cities.
And in order to promote the spread of electric mobility, Enel X has launched “Intelligent charging solutions,” a vast range of products and services for recharging electric vehicles. These include the JuiceBox, for residential and company use, the JuicePole, for recharging on the road, the JuiceLamp, which works both as a street light and a charging column, and the JuiceStation, which features up to 8 JuiceBoxes in a single infrastructure, thereby allowing several vehicles to recharge at once.
In addition to physical infrastructure, Enel X also provides high quality digital products. These include the Enel X Recharge, which enables customers to manage all the recharging services from their smartphone, and the Recharge Manager, which enables companies to manage an entire fleet of electric vehicles.
Low emissions in the fight against climate change, mature electricity storage technology, the spread of renewable energy sources and intelligent distribution networks. Thanks to these factors, electric cars have been transformed into a new circular mobility paradigm.