CIRVE: e-car travel along the Spanish motorways
Also in Spain electric mobility is progressing at a rapid pace. A new agreement has been signed in Madrid as part of the CIRVE project - EU Iberian Corridors for the EV Fast Charging Infrastructure - to create a network of fast charging stations consisting of 40 charging points all accessible via a single customer account.
The network will be operational from 2019 along the transport corridors that connect Spain to its European neighbours.
The CIRVE project was launched last year by the Enel Group through its Spanish company Endesa, together with EDP, GIC, Iberdrola, Ibil, Electric Vehicle Cluster (AEDIVE), the Renault Group and the Portuguese Centre of Engineering and Product Development (CEiiA). The interoperability agreement is supported by the Spanish Ministry of the Economy, Industry and Competitiveness and is co-funded by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) 2015.
The innovative project will be completed by 2020 and includes the redevelopment of 15 strategic charging points which are already operational along the Iberian corridors, and the identification of a further 25 new charging stations in accordance with the TEN-T Trans European Transport Networks directives. A total of 3.5 million euros will be invested in the project.
The aim of the commitment signed in Madrid is to offer an increasingly widespread distribution of charging points in order to maximise the use of electric mobility when travelling to and from other European countries. The CIRVE project endeavours to ensure e-car drivers greater autonomy, thereby contributing to the development of the culture of e-mobility, making it increasingly convenient and accessible. Each user will be able to recharge even on longer journeys and across borders while being able to enjoy the utmost safety, autonomy and practicality. Customers, in fact, will be able to pay at any charging point, regardless of the individual supplier, because each one is a member of the consortium.
This interoperability is CIRVE’s main goal; the project aims to provide an intelligent infrastructure developed in such a way that customers can use it via a single user account, without the need for different cards or applications. Endesa, EDP, GIC, Iberdrola and Ibil are the five groups responsible for rates: using the Hubject platform, they will enable transactions in each of the 40 charging points involved in this cross-border project that is part of the Trans-European Transport Network TEN-T.
In Spain too electric mobility has just got smarter.