“The report produced with Fondazione Symbola highlights some of Italy’s most innovative and dynamic industries. The road to change has already been mapped out, as demonstrated by the statistics and projects of some of the leading organizations featured in the publication: businesses, research centers, universities and associations that are harnessing their talents and their passion to develop cutting-edge technological solutions for electric mobility. In line with the principles of the Assisi Manifesto, they’re helping to create an economy and a society that is more human-centered, with significant prospects for growth.”
The study revealed that the spread of electric cars worldwide is growing steadily and rapidly: there are currently almost 20 million electric passenger vehicles, 1.3 million electric commercial vehicles, and more than 280 million electric mopeds, scooters and motorcycles on the road. In Italy, the year 2021 concluded with a 199% increase in sales of electric cars (hybrid and electric) compared with the previous year, reaching an impressive 38.4% of the total number of new cars registered.
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Italy in pole position
From vehicle design to production, from components and spare parts to batteries and charging infrastructure: Italy is at the forefront of the sustainable mobility revolution thanks to its “strong heritage connected with electricity production and electrification of transport that has always been in our DNA” explained our Group’s CEO and General Manager Francesco Starace, emphasizing the value of the report, which “shows the role of our country and our companies working together to improve the electric mobility system.”
Italy’s huge potential and crucial role were also stressed by Ermete Realacci, President of Fondazione Symbola: “The 100 stories of businesses, associations and research centers highlight Italian excellence in electric mobility and show that Italy is already active in the mobility of the future. The industrial environment described by Fondazione Symbola and Enel also shows that our country has all the conditions necessary to tackle the economic crisis. We need to work together to build an economy and a society that is more human-centered and, as a result, more future-oriented, more attentive to climate crises, more just, more resilient and more competitive.”
The report outlines how Italy can play a leading role in this new market, thanks to a wide range of skills and technologies across the whole industrial scenario: from car manufacturers to producers of e-bikes and light vehicles, electric scooters and buses. The beating heart of this industry can be found in the components sector, where our companies are creating prototypes and building motors, stators, brakes, electronics and components, all the way up to casings and battery packs, and a dedicated Battery Hub for assembly in Turin. Italian designers, in demand all over the world, who are being called on to reimagine new forms of electric mobility. In the more advanced forms of mobility, there is no shortage of sharing services, multi-utilities, charging solutions with their own apps and communications, as well as studies published by associations that support the industry. In Italy, projects are afoot to create gigafactories. In addition to the 350 MWh-capacity facility being added to the FIB Teverola 2 factory in Caserta, projects are also being developed by Italvolt, which, when fully operational, will employ 3,000 people and will be situated on the former Olivetti site in Scarmagno, in the province of Turin. Then there is the Automotive Cells Company (ACC), a joint-venture involving Stellantis, Mercedes and TotalEnergies, which aims to produce at least 120 GWh by 2030 with a new gigafactory at the former Stellantis plant in the province of Campobasso, in Termoli.
Many virtuous realities
“These 100 stories – and there are certainly many more – are proof that electric mobility has enormous potential in our country, and that potential is driven by the curiosity and the capacity for innovation that we Italians are particularly known for. The convergence of the energy sector, the automotive industry, the digital realm, the manufacturing industry and research means that the potential of electric mobility is even greater than it may first appear, and offers enormous opportunities for growth and new employment: an e-Mobility that is truly worthy of being labeled ‘Made in Italy’.”
So here are just a few of the 100 excellent examples from the report: Cecomp, which aims to build 5,000 electric microcars in Piedmont this year, inspired by the famous Isetta model from the 1950s; Pininfarina, which has begun production of the Battista, an electric “supercar” set to be the most powerful road-going vehicle ever produced in Italy; Faam, which has been building batteries for electric buses since 2008 and is the only company in Italy to manage the entire production chain; Atala, which produces its e-bikes exclusively in Italy; La Nito, which makes electric scooters, mopeds and work vehicles, combing performance with design. And the list goes on… because the mobility sector is experiencing a new era that is more sustainable and efficient, and it continues to put talents and resources into circulation, which together with Fondazione Symbola, we’ve been showcasing since 2017 in our report “100 Italian e-Mobility Stories.”