Italy: Volkswagen and Enel X Launch Ewiva Charging Network in Rome
The aim is to accelerate the uptake of electric mobility in Italy by providing “a reliable and capillary high-power charging (HPC) network across the country.”
Here we see Elisabetta Ripa, Eugenio Patanè, and Elke Temme cutting the ribbon in Rome © Credit to Volkswagen
The Volkswagen Group and Enel X Way, the Enel Group’s sub-brand dedicated to electric mobility, have announced that they are working together on something known as Ewiva, a brand that aims to accelerate the uptake of electric mobility in Italy.
The announcement coincides with the opening of the first premium recharging station in Rome.
The station, located in Via Flaminia 871, offers a lounge open to all customers and 14 ultra-fast charging points each with up to 300 kW, all under a solar roof made of PV panels manufactured at the Enel’s 3Sun Gigafactory in Sicily.
Today, Ewiva is already deploying the largest ultra-fast charging network in Italy, with 750 points, some of which currently awaiting activation, in 233 locations, adding to the approximately 17,000 charging points operated by Enel X Way.
The joint venture expects to have charging points in a total of 500 locations by the end of 2023, with the aim to reach 3,000 charging points, each with up to 350 kW and powered by 100% renewable energy, by 2025.
Ewiva will operate more than 800 sites focused on city centres, suburban areas, and main roads used by commuters and tourists.
Thomas Schmall, Volkswagen Group Board Member for Technology and CEO of Volkswagen Group Components, said:
“The expansion of the charging infrastructure plays a key role in the success of e-cars. Enel and Volkswagen, two strong partners from different industries, have now joined forces to tackle this task in a targeted manner, thus advancing e-mobility in Italy.”
The Volkswagen Group has made charging and energy its core business with the NEW AUTO strategy. Like no other car manufacturer, the company is investing in the development of an open fast-charging network worldwide.
By 2025, around 45,000 High Power Charging (HPC) points are planned in Europe, China and the USA together with its partners.
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