Deal with national park accelerates rollout of EV network


Enel X has signed an agreement with Cilento, Vallo di Diano and Alburni National Park to install an electric vehicle charging network in municipalities in Salerno province and Campania, southern Italy.

The aim is to promote the development of sustainable mobility, the creation of zero-emission tourist routes, the protection of the ecosystem and the conservation of the natural heritage.

The electric vehicles charging network will be installed in more than 90 municipalities.

Enel X will install, activate and maintain the electric vehicles charging network whilst the park authority will promote the initiative in municipalities, encouraging collaboration between the company and local governments to obtain the necessary installation permits.

Enel X and the Parco Nazionale del Cilento will also cooperate on the development of the zero-emission public transport network, with a pilot electric shuttle service.

The agreement forms part of a five-year project by EnelX to install 14,000 charging stations in Italy by 2022.

Francesco Venturini, head of Enel X, said: “The signing of the memorandum is particularly significant because it enables us to combine the conservation of the natural heritage and biodiversity with the pursuit of the socio-economic development of the territory with zero-emission vehicles to access the most sensitive and valuable natural sites in an area that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.”

“We are very proud of the fact that our protected area, which covers the entire southern section of the province of Salerno, is the first area to consistently undertake a concrete electric mobility project,” added Tommaso Pellegrino, president of the Parco Nazionale del Cilento, Vallo di Diano e Alburni.

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