Good news for Italian Electric Vehicle market. ENEL (national energy utility) and ENI (national petrol company) signed a cooperation agreement to install fast charging points in the petrol station network. Eni can count up to 4.700 stations around the country whose 127 are located alongside most important highways. The creation of this network is a great push to the deployment of electric vehicles allowed to use public charging points. Unfortunately AC 43Kw power is the only applied technology in the early phase, very limited to few electric cars available in the market. But top manager in ENEL informally underlined that the first step is the most important to take and other connectors will be introduced, compatible to Combo sockets and in the future DC charging too. EV market is still missing in Italy with few inconsistent numbers of sold units, but the Government approved an incentive law to finance purchasing of low emission vehicles
(up to 5000€ for each sold car). Public and private fleets are main target of this political measure, as technicians believe companies will be early adopters. Incentives have been delayed for new national political elections (due in February)but are expected to be available in the second half of the year. Just the time to male companies well prepared to the market. Specially considering that 35% saving in management costs can be reached using an Electric vehicle, study says and two more reports published by Pike research recently underlined potential market of Electric vehicle up to 2020 (1,8 million of BEV) and made a clear framework of competitors in the infrastructure equipment market world wide, with 7,7 million charging points to be installed by 2017 world wide. Charging costs have been priced 25€ monthly as a flat rate to use public charge columns, and up to 80€ monthly to private users (cost comprehends charge point rental and maintenance at home). The challenge will be successful depending on the concrete ability to invest and to overcome the bureaucratic barriers. But the revolution could really be around the corner.