Volkswagen and Enel X team up to accelerate the spread of electric cars in Italy. The Wolfsburg giant and the business unit of the Enel group have announced the birth of a 50/50 joint venture which aims to make electric mobility even more accessible and simple thanks to theinstallation of over 3,000 high-power charging points in Italy (up to 350 kW each) with the creation of a network open to all thanks to interoperability.
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“We share with Volkswagen a common vision on the global electrification of transport, so a partnership with them was natural: the energy transition requires teamwork – said Francesco Venturini, CEO of Enel X – The automotive industry and the energy sector in the EU have the experience and the means to make the energy transition happen as quickly as possible, with electrification of transport as one of the main avenues. Towards this goal, we are joining forces with Volkswagen and the entire automotive industry to design and build e-mobility solutions that are accessible and affordable for all drivers, as well as being safe and sustainable.“
There joint venture will exercise its functions in Italy as a charging point operator (Charging Point Operator, “CPO”) owning, investing, realizing (between 2021 and 2025) and managing a network of high-power charging points (High Power Charging, HPC). The network, equipped with over 3 thousand charging points up to 350 kW each throughout the country, will allow a comfortable journey with electric vehicles from the north to the south of the peninsula.
“Volkswagen’s goal is to upgrade the charging infrastructure around the world – he explained Thomas Schmall, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG with responsibility for Technology and CEO of Volkswagen Group Components – There joint venture with Enel X it will install more than 3,000 high-power recharging points in approximately 700 locations. This is a big step for e-Mobility in Italy and in Europe. By 2025, Volkswagen’s initiatives will provide 18,000 high-power charging points across the continent – this makes up a third of the high-power charging infrastructure needed in Europe. Drivers of any Volkswagen electric vehicle and any type of electric vehicle from other manufacturers can benefit from these initiatives. “