Electra, four fast charging stations launched in the Centre-North

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The French Electra’s race continues to create a widespread Italian network of fast charging infrastructures for electric mobility. The company is putting four new “ultra-fast” stations on the ground in the Centre-North, capable of guaranteeing a good recharge in just 15-20 minutes. The new hubs were installed in Lonato del Garda (Bs), Portogruaro (Ve), Rondissone (To) and Pisa. They will all be connected to the electricity grid between mid-December and mid-January.

Present in Italy since the end of 2022, Electra announced investments for 200 million euros by 2025, with the aim of building a network of “supercharger hubs” installed in both public and private car parks, from North to South. In the first quarter of 2024, another 7 stations will be built, so as to cut the milestone of over 60 ultra-fast charging points.

To date, Motus-E data updated in September, there are 47,228 charging points in Italy, with a leap of 44.1% compared to 2022. «This demonstrates – comments Eugenio Sapora, general manager of Electra in Italy – a growth of the sector, but these are mostly low-power charging stations, with an average charging time of over 6 hours, and this aspect discourages motorists from choosing an electric car”.

In Italy, battery-powered cars (BEV) have not exceeded 4% of total new registrations this year. In France we are at 15%, in Germany at 18. «Italy is a market with great potential – adds Sapora – as regards electric mobility. There is naturally still some resistance among potential consumers, but according to what emerged from a recent survey by Areté, 9 out of 10 Italians who use an electric car say they are fully satisfied with the driving and charging experience and say they would buy this type again of vehicle. But it is clear that, in terms of high-speed charging points, the infrastructure in the area is not yet adequate.” Among the major operators present in Italy we find Enel X, A2A, Be Charge and Tesla.

THE 713 million euros foreseen by the PNRR they were intended to install, by the end of 2025, around 21 thousand new charging stations for electric vehicles on highways and in urban centres. «Yet it was not possible to fully exploit these funds: the first tenders were published at the beginning of May to finance the installation of 6,500 infrastructures with over 270 million euros. But they had some critical issues”, concludes the manager.

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