200 Multi-Standard Fast Chargers To Be Installed Under Eva+ Project In Italy and Austria
Italy and Austria will benefit form a new charging infrastructure project entitled Eva+, which has been launched by:
- Enel (Italy’s main utility)
- Verbund (Austria’s main utility)
- Volkswagen Group Italia (Volkswagen and Audi)
The Eva+ network springs to life next year (as one might expect given the calendar date today) and the group reports that it will take up to three years to fully install the 200 multi-standard fast chargers on key roads and motorways – 180 of which are in Italy, with 20 in Austria.
In Italy, Enel will provide the chargers (with CCS Combo, CHAdeMO and three-phase AC Type 2 plugs), which can charge two vehicles at once, giving these units a total of 360 charging spots.
Half of the costs for EVA+ will be covered through European Union funds.
“Electric Vehicle Arteries (EVA+) is an electric mobility project to be carried out in Italy and Austria for which a grant agreement worth a maximum of 4.2 million euros has already been signed with INEA, the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency delegated by the European Commission (EC). EVA+ will be officially launched in Brussels in January 2017.”
“Over the course of the three-year project 200 multi-standard fast charge stations, each of which is capable of offering all the fast charging standards (CSS Combo 2, CHAdeMO or AC charging), will be installed. Of the project’s 200 columns, 180 Fast Recharge Plus columns (a technology entirely developed by Enel that enables two vehicles to be contemporaneously charged in 20 minutes, allowing 360 vehicles to be charged at the same time) will be installed in Italy by Enel, while the remaining 20 will be installed by Verbund’s subsidiary SMATRICS in Austria, also offering all fast charging standards.
Innovative technological solutions will be tested, while customers’ expectations and needs will be analysed in order to identify the best places to install the charging stations. By connecting large urban areas and ensuring rapid charging of electric vehicles according to international standards, EVA+ will ensure the interoperability of charging services across Europe, enabling electric vehicle owners in Italy and Austria to travel long distances and cross-border in a sustainable fashion.
Thanks to the close collaboration in the project between the electricity sector and automotive manufacturers, each of which who have a strong interest in the development of electric mobility both in Italy and across national borders, the EVA+ project has strategic importance for the future of sustainable mobility in Italy, as it allows electric mobility to go beyond the urban domain to which it has been confined in its early years.
The EVA+ project will be co-financed up to 50% by the EC through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) and will contribute to the realisation of the EC’s Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T), which was created to support the construction and the modernisation of transport infrastructure, enabling the integration of two Member States into a fast charge network that is being realised across the European Union.”