Which are the cities with the most charging columns for electric cars? Charging points are a key factor for the circulation of electric vehicles and while Minister Clini aims at a 10% diffusion of electric mobility, companies and groups are trying to do something concrete to ensure the presence of charging columns throughout the entire Italian peninsula.
If I buy a electric vehicle, then where do I fill up with energy? Few are the people who hypothesize the purchase of an electric car but those who want a hybrid must necessarily ask this question and unfortunately in Italy there are about 228 refueling points and even unequally distributed.
228 charging columns, if we remove the 43 in Rome and the 140 in Florence, there are about 46 in the rest of the country. Fourty six charging columns distributed in 18 regions? A very critical situation that does not allow the spread of electric vehicles.
Fortunately, by 2015 the charging columns should increase significantly and reach more than a thousand thanks to a series of incentives and pro electric initiatives. The projects, explains the authority, will make it possible to build charging stations in some large cities such as Rome, Milan, Naples, Bari, Catania, Genoa, Bologna, Perugia, in various municipalities in Emilia Romagna and Lombardy and in various supermarkets in the large distribution.
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The projects admitted to the subsidies concern three possible operational solutions: the distributor model (columns installed and managed by the distribution company in its concession area), the exclusive service provider model (assigned following a tender or concession by the local authority ) and the competing service provider model (such as the one in force for refueling stations).
For the first model, the project of Enel distribution-Hera for 310 columns that will be operational by 2013 in Pisa, Bari, Genoa, Perugia, in various municipalities in Emilia Romagna and in the hinterland of Milan.
For the service provider, they have exclusive access to 52 facilities charging columns equipped with two sockets in Milan and 23 in Brescia fully operational in the first half of 2013 and the municipality of Parma for 200 points each equipped with two sockets, operational by the end of next year.
For the competing service provider, the projects of Enel Energia con 26 recharging points in Rome and in the hinterland of Milan operational by the second half of 2013. Class onlus projects for 150 columns, 43 in the province of Monza and Brianza and 107 in supermarkets in Rome, Milan, Naples, Bari, Catania , Genoa, Bologna and Varese, in service since the second half of 2014. With these last two projects, the high-power direct current fast charging technology (over 50 kw) is also tested in some points, capable of supplying all cars equipped with an electric motor.
Agreements for the installation of others charging points for electric vehicles they were closed with Varese, Como, Linate and Malpensa, at the same time as the presence of car sharing services. To use the service, you need to have a special RFID card, which is necessary to complete payments. In the future, classic debit and credit cards will be integrated, when they too provide for payment in contactless mode.
The installation of the charging stations for electric vehicles they can be managed both by the distribution company of their concession area, and by a service provider that will have been granted the concession by the local authority, but also by the refueling stations, tracing the distribution of traditional fuels.
The incentives given by the Energy Authority will also guarantee a tariff protection mechanism throughout 2015 that will prevent possible increases in electricity costs additional, establishing a predefined maximum ceiling.
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