GreenBiz writes about the sustainable mobility of Enel X
Enel X races overseas with its e-Mobility and the innovative software of eMotorWerks
Published on 19 April 2018
Electric mobility explained through the number of charging stations worldwide. When it comes to the subject of e-Mobility, the quantity of charging stations is a real game changer. This is because the sensitive point in the sustainable transport model is the time period between one charge and the next. In fact, if there is still one stumbling block for electric vehicle construction today, then it is “range anxiety” as it is known colloquially.
In the United States, running out of power between charging stops is a very legitimate worry, despite continual upgrades to battery technology enabling constant increases in storage capacity and performance. According to estimates from Navigant Research – a platform that analyses the global market of clean technologies – there will be 8.5 million EVs in America by 2020. With the implementation of the project Electrify America and its focus on 17 highly relevant metropolitan areas, including Boston, Houston, Miami and New York, plus other incentive initiatives aiming to install charging infrastructure in key locations, such as schools, parking lots, corporate campuses and residential developments, this number could rise even further.
While many of these American programmes are still in the development phase, Enel has already installed at least 5,000 charging stations in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Greece, Italy, Romania and Spain, as outlined in the article on GreenBiz, an American online network that advances opportunities at the intersection of business, technology and sustainability in the Green Economy. GreenBiz dedicates a long article to the e-mobility promoted by Enel X and the three Californian utilities which manage 12,000 charging stations in America: San Diego Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas & Electric.
The article goes on to describe the choices made by Enel in the field of EV charging, with the acquisition of the Californian startup eMotorWerks, referred to as a “substantial bet”. To be specific, the new business recently acquired by Enel produces an innovative tool: JuiceBox, which can schedule charging at stations in specific moments when there is a higher proportion of renewables in the energy mix. Moving away from Silicon Valley, ground zero of American e-mobility, GreenBiz continues to discuss Enel X and sustainable mobility in Italy, describing the intensifying efforts that Enel is investing in the creation of a wide-ranging network of recharging infrastructures.
How to boost interest in a culture of electric mobility? In the interview with the GreenBiz website, Alberto Piglia – Head of e-Mobility for Enel X – focuses on a point of strength that Enel is pursuing through its partnership with the Italian supermarket giant, Conad. The agreement will see 300 charging stations installed in the parking lots of the supermarket with the famous daisy logo by the end of 2018.
This is a point of interest because they are in places where people go or anyway they are destination places for people to go in, and while you do the shopping, you’re going to the mall and at the same time you are able to charge
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