New Charging Networks are Furthering Utilities’ E-Mobility Plans for Europe

Two utilities serving European markets this week said they are expanding their e-mobility plans with the launch of new electric vehicle (EV) charging networks.

Swedish utility Vattenfall yesterday made a move to expand its e-mobility strategy into the U.K. with the launch of its InCharge EV charging network in the country. 

“Vattenfall strongly believes that the best way to make transport fossil free in a generation is to go electric,” Vattenfall President and CEO Magnus Hall said in a statement. “That’s why we are rolling out our charging network InCharge across north western Europe. We are in Britain to grow, and GB’s electric vehicle ambitions are a perfect fit with our smart, digitalized and low carbon electric vehicle strategy.”

The utility said it will work to install the charging network by partnering with commercial developers, real-estate companies, industries, fleet owners and public entities.

Vattenfall originally launched the InCharge network in 2016 and currently operates 9,000 charging points in Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany.

In Italy, utility Enel on Tuesday said it reached an agreement with Munich-based EV charging provider IONITY to install 20 charging sites. The sites in Italy each will have six chargers of up to 350 kW per charger. 

Enel’s advanced energy services division Enel X will identify sites and procure, install and maintain the charging stations, with the first set to be installed by the end of this year.

“With this significant agreement, we are entering a new, futuristic phase in electric mobility, creating a network of stations that are able to quickly serve the power needs of electric cars, drastically reducing charging times,” Francesco Venturini, Head of Enel X, said. “As IONITY’s partner, Enel will select the most suitable locations across Italy to install high power stations serving the top end of the electric vehicle market. Our ultimate aim is to further boost the spread of e-mobility in the country, ensuring that these high power stations are integrated within Enel’s national plan for e-mobility.”

IONITY is a joint venture of BMW, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen Group.

Lead image credit: IONITY

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