Stellantis Announces New Charging Network In Europe: 15,000 Sites
Stellantis announced that together with TheF Charging, a charging service start-up, it ntends to create a new public charging network in Europe.
It might be quite a large project as it mentions “over 15,000 locations in Europe with 2 million parking spaces, from 2021 until 2025”. That’s about 133 parking spaces per location, but we guess that only a small percent of the parking spaces will get charging points.
The list of locations include: city centers, at public institutions (e.g. hospitals and schools), at transport hubs (airports, railway stations, ports), at leisure amenities (sports and wellness centres, hotels, restaurants), and at retail outlets.
The network will be publicly available, however, Stellantis’ customers will get “exclusive conditions.” Drivers of other brands probably will have to pay more or at least establish an account with the new network.
We don’t know how many DC fast chargers will be installed, but they will be a part of the network. The launch of first fast chargers is expected later this year in Italy.
“With the aim of creating a vast European network to promote electric and electrified mobility, and with great attention to optimising the user experience, the two companies have therefore identified over 1,000 owners or operators of locations across the whole of Europe. Facilities will be built to fulfil customers’ main charging requirements: in city centres, at public institutions (e.g. hospitals and schools), at transport hubs (airports, railway stations, ports), at leisure amenities (sports and wellness centres, hotels, restaurants), and at retail outlets – a total of over 15,000 locations in Europe with 2 million parking spaces.
These locations will form part of the charging network, to be jointly developed and promoted by Stellantis and TheF Charging until at least 2025. The network kick-off is expected in 2021 with the installation of the first quick charging stations in Italy, then the network will expand to the whole of Europe.”
Only time will tell whether some other manufacturers will join Stellantis or if we will see competitive projects from other automotive groups.
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