Iberdrola and AVIA to significantly strengthen Spain and Portugal's fast-charging infrastructure along major routes.

Iberdrola (Spanish electric utility company) and AVIA (Swiss fuel station operator) announced a major charging infrastructure investment in more than 500 DC chargers that will be installed at more than 100 AVIA stations in Spain and Portugal.

That comes on top of previous collaboration on a tenfold smaller scale (48 DC chargers at 24 stations in Spain). Just like before, electricity for the charging will be 100% renewable.

"Iberdrola and AVIA have selected more than 100 service stations covering almost all the Spanish autonomous regions for the installation of new recharging points for electric vehicles in Spain, (this figure includes 20 in Portugal where both companies operate), and at least 10 of them will be ranked as Premium.

The collaboration between the companies also extends to action on two other areas: firstly, Iberdrola will promote self-consumption systems at AVIA service stations by installing photovoltaic solar panels, and secondly, both companies will develop customer loyalty initiatives whereby Iberdrola will publicise the advantages of the AVIA Club, which already has 300,000 members, while AVIA service station customers will enjoy special benefits from Iberdrola."

For Iberdrola, it's one of the steps to expand its charging infrastructure to 25,000 points in Spain by 2021.

That includes normal AC and fast DC stations with power output from 50 to 350 kW.

That's quite encouraging for the market, which in both countries is booming with new monthly and annual EV sales records (according to the EV Sales Blog):

  • Spain - 17,852 (up 53% year-over-year) at 1.4% market share
  • Portugal - 12,703 (up 54% year-over-year) at 5.7% market share
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Iberdrola and AVIA step up their investment in sustainable mobility with an agreement to install more than 500 rapid charging stations

In the wake of its previous collaboration which entailed installing 48 rapid charging stations in 24 service stations

  • They will install new rapid charging points supplied by 100% green energy at more than 100 service stations in Spain and Portugal, ten of which will be Premium
  • This collaboration explores new areas: Iberdrola will promote self-consumption systems powered by photovoltaic systems at AVIA stations and both companies will work on customer loyalty initiatives.
  • Iberdrola is moving forward with its strategy to lead the energy transition and with its Sustainable Mobility Plan, pledging to install 25,000 charging points in the country by 2021 · The agreement will also enable AVIA to stay at the forefront of the change of model to become a multi-energy operator

Iberdrola and AVIA have multiplied their original joint commitment to sustainability tenfold after reaching an agreement to work together to install more than 500 rapid chargers for electric vehicles. This new initiative comes in the wake of an initial agreement whereby 48 rapid charging points were installed in 24 AVIA service stations in seven regions of Spain.

Iberdrola and AVIA have selected more than 100 service stations covering almost all the Spanish autonomous regions for the installation of new recharging points for electric vehicles in Spain, (this figure includes 20 in Portugal where both companies operate), and at least 10 of them will be ranked as Premium.

The collaboration between the companies also extends to action on two other areas: firstly, Iberdrola will promote self-consumption systems at AVIA service stations by installing photovoltaic solar panels, and secondly, both companies will develop customer loyalty initiatives whereby Iberdrola will publicise the advantages of the AVIA Club, which already has 300,000 members, while AVIA service station customers will enjoy special benefits from Iberdrola.

“This agreement emphasises the importance of working together with all the players involved in sustainable mobility. With AVIA we have found a perfect ally with which to move forward in the roll-out of long-distance rapid recharging solutions to meet the challenges of electric mobility, based on clean energy free of CO2 emissions,” explains Alfonso Calderón, Sales Manager of Iberdrola in Spain. He also points out that “transport electrification, together with the growth of electricity generated from renewable sources, will make a decisive contribution in reducing pollution in our cities and increasing energy efficiency”. 

The agreement will enable AVIA to stay at the forefront of a change in model as part of a far-reaching transformation to become a multi-energy operator and a benchmark in terms of quality and service capacity.

Rapid charging at more than 20 service stations throughout Spain

This new initiative comes in the wake of a collaboration between Iberdrola and AVIA a year ago which involved installing 48 rapid chargers for electric vehicles in 24 Spanish locations to give thrust to electric mobility in Spain and the progressive penetration of electric vehicles in our country.   

These rapid charging points are now installed in provinces in seven autonomous regions, namely Andalusia, Castilla-La Mancha, the Community of Madrid, the Valencian Community, La Rioja, Navarre and the Basque Country.

Green energy and digital solutions

Iberdrola charging point customers can charge their electric vehicles with 100% green energy from clean generation sources with renewable Guarantee of Origin (GoO) certificates. 

Users can also manage their vehicle charges using the Iberdrola Public Charging App provided by the company as part of its Smart Mobility plan, for geolocation, booking and paying for vehicle charges through their mobile phones.

The sustainable mobility leader

As part of its strategy to drive and lead the energy transition and transport electrification, Iberdrola has devised a Sustainable Mobility Plan. The company plans to have installed 25,000 charging points in Spain by 2021, in homes, businesses and urban and interurban sites with public access.

The plan includes installing fast, super-fast and ultra-fast charging stations on the main motorways and highways, reaching all provincial capitals and making it possible to drive all the way across Spain in an electric vehicle.

Iberdrola is working on different initiatives to 'mobilise' all the agents involved in the development of sustainable mobility, from governments to institutions, companies and electric vehicle manufacturers.

The company has recently become the first Spanish business to subscribe to The Climate Group's EV100 initiative, with the aim of accelerating the transition towards electric vehicles with a commitment to electrifying its entire fleet of vehicles and allowing its staff to charge their vehicles at its businesses in Spain and the United Kingdom by 2030.