ENEL (national energy utility) and ENI (national petrol company) signed a cooperation agreement to install fast charging points in the petrol station network.
Eni can count up to 4.700 stations around the country whose 127 are located alongside most important highways. The creation of this network is a great push to the deployment of electric vehicles allowed to use public charging points. Unfortunately AC 43Kw power is the only applied technology in the early phase, very limited to few electric cars available in the market. But top manager in ENEL informally underlined that the first step is the most important to take and other connectors will be introduced, compatible to Combo sockets and in the future DC charging too. EV market is still missing in Italy with few and inconsistent numbers of sold units, but the Government approved an incentive law to finance purchasing of low emission vehicles (up to 5000€ for each sold car).
Public and private fleets are the main target of this political measure, as technicians believe companies will be early adopters. Incentives have been delayed for new national political elections (due in February) but are expected to be available in the second half of the year.
It is great news indeed for the Italians, however only the Renault Zoe can use the fast-charger technology at the moment – they should have gone for DC chargers…