Even though Bucharest and Romania don’t yet move at the breathtaking speed of the West European countries, life’s pace is ever faster everywhere in the world. Just like my life as a young employee, ever since I came to Enel, a few years back. I could say everything happened in a minute and I never had the time to look back and see my successes or failures. When I joined Enel X, the speed of change increased even more: new people and unconventional ideas, which I embraced as a given.
This is the context in which I found myself one day on a Saturday morning, driving a full electric car on a 170 km journey to my home town, outside Bucharest. I had 110 km of highway in front of me, starting from 270 km autonomy. It was a sunny autumn day, no traffic, a weekend of relaxation. Relaxation lasted exactly a quarter of an hour. After 30 km on the highway, at a speed of 130 km/h, the car’s autonomy was down to 200 km. Panic kicked in! What did I do? It’s broken. How do I get home? Where can I recharge? Who should I call?
Just like on a regular day at the office, colleagues were there for me, ready to help. I called the one who lent me the car, who calmed me down and reassured me that I will get home with enough power, no need for worries. And this is exactly what happened. I slowed down to 100 km/h, I got through the highway and took the curvy mountain road to my home town, without the slightest hesitation.
I had this feeling like I discovered penicillin and I was going to save the world from conventional cars. As I don’t lose my enthusiasm easily, I told my whole family to get in the car, including my 80 years old grandparents, so I can share with them my successful experience. Our destination was the mall.
‘Don’t be scared, the car is started, but you won’t hear any sound from the engine.’
‘What do you mean, the car is started? If you accelerate, will we move?’ asked grandpa. Yes, indeed, we moved instantly, smoothly and silently.
‘I wonder if it’s this silent on a space ship’ said grandma. I have no idea how it’s like to be on a space ship, but if Enel X is going to the Moon, I will volunteer to go. Even if it’s just a one-way trip.
All the way to the charging station, my mother didn’t say a word. Then, the engineer inside her started a conversation with the engineer inside me. What’s the deal with the station, what about the charging cable, how do I start and stop charging, how long does it take… ‘Mom, can we enjoy the moment and consider that all this is normal for the century we live in?’ Yes, if only we were all as well informed in every corner of the world. Like my mother, three other drivers of electric cars that pulled over near us started to ask me questions. I was happy that the station was not an ultrafast one and so I could enjoy the conversation with them. I realized that this lovely car brought us together and gave us the opportunity to talk about our beautiful present, without worries or doubts.
When I started the journey that morning, I had a thousand questions on my mind. Will I find charging stations? Are there any other electric car owners in my home town? I got the answer learning by doing, like every day at work. I felt I was part of that local community of electric car owners, of a group of people that look beyond tomorrow and believe in their power to change the world, people who are not afraid to ask questions. I felt that my positive vibe and my knowledge encouraged them, gave them faith in the fact that we are many, faith that their dreams will come true.
I believe in a mobile and connected future, and this means a comfortable future. My day to day responsibility is to make all the effort necessary so that every client can have the comfort he needs. From smart electronic devices and home appliances, to a smart home, to an electric car you drive to a smart company in a smart city.
I’m in the place where I feel that I can change people’s life and I can give them confidence. Today, Enel X is more than a company, it is a friend that stands by you when times are good and when times are bad, a friend that you can always rely on. Full of optimism, like my way back home. I think this is our power – we are believers that never stop dreaming.