The international project that aims to create a high-power charging network for electric cars in southern Europe is called “Atlante”. The operators of charging systems, therefore, take center stage to launch a charging network open to all and at the same time a preferential fast charging network for Stellantis customers.
The network envisages the construction of approximately 35,000 fast charging stations in Portugal, Spain, France and Italy over the next 10 years.
The Atlante Project fits into the context of the adoption by the European Commission of the “Fit for 55” package whose objectives are, among others, to obtain 100% zero-emission cars registered starting from 2035 and to install recharging and refueling at regular intervals on the main motorways. Every 60 kilometers for electric recharging and every 150 kilometers for hydrogen refueling.
The Atlante project will start from Piedmont and will expand with the aim of installing an important number of recharging points in the countries of southern Europe, including Italy. An ambitious project that has garnered the understandable enthusiasm of the operators involved.
“The Atlante project is the cornerstone of our strategic ambitions and testimony to the transformation of NHOA: from a pure technology player to a developer and operator of charging infrastructures for electric vehicles that boasts a unique portfolio of products and technologies, vertically integrated by energy storage. to electric mobility ”declared Carlalberto Guglielminotti, CEO of NHOA and Executive Chairman of Free2Move eSolutions.
Roberto di Stefano, CEO of Free2Move eSolutions commented “Atlante is opening a new era in which the energy transition and zero-emission mobility will become the norm in our life, allowing a better planet for future generations”.
The market potential, scope and ambitions of the Atlante Project were defined by NHOA and Free2Move eSolutions with the support of McKinsey & Co.
NHOA, which develops technologies that enable the global transition to clean energy and sustainable mobility, will develop and invest in the Atlante Network as an operator and manager, with its own resources and other forms of financing including, among others, the support of TCC as a founding investor, and Free2Move eSolutions, a global mobility brand that offers a complete and unique ecosystem for its private and professional clients around the world, will act as a turnkey technology provider.
Fast charging of Southern Europe, ie Italy, France, Spain and Portugal is still a nascent market with rapid growth expected by 2030. About 90% of the “on-the-go” fast charging network by 2030 in Southern Europe has yet to be developed, and this constitutes the greatest development opportunity.
In particular, according to the analysis carried out by NHOA and Free2Move eSolutions with the support of McKinsey & Co: the penetration of electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid vehicles in Strategic Countries is expected to grow 26 times up to 13 million of BEVs by 2030, reaching 3 million by 2025, and demand for fast on-the-go charging projects a 46-fold increase to 9 TWh by 2030, and up to 1.9 TWh by 2025. Charging system operators will take center stage in this market, and the role of operator and manager will represent the real long-term opportunity in the public charging market.
Given the expected size of the market, the Atlante Project has ambitious projects to be developed over the next 10 years and in line with what Stellantis announced during the EV Day 2021 last 8 July:
-by 2025: charging stations in over 1,500 sites, with approximately 5,000 VGI fast charging points integrated with storage systems and renewable energy and
-by 2030: charging stations in approximately 9,000 sites, with approximately 35,000 VGI fast charging points integrated with storage and solar
The Network will be developed in strategic locations in all Southern European countries, installing the charging stations in compliance with three key criteria:
-Charging on the highway: directly next or near the entrance / exit of the highway every 100-150 km, with ultra-fast charging speed, essential for charging during long-range travel;
– Charging off the motorway: in urban areas, in traffic nerve centers or at commercial establishments, specifically for charging for shorter journeys, with charging speeds from fast to ultra-fast depending on specific needs;
-Hybrid charging: in other selected places or sites of great importance in densely populated urban areas or in iconic places on the border between “on-the-go charging” and “destination charging”.
The Atlante Project is structured in two phases, and all investments are expected to fluctuate in the period between 100 and 140 thousand euros per fast charging point integrated with storage, renewable sources and the electricity grid.