Italy intensifies EV adoption to attract tourists


Enel X and the Italian municipality of Castellabate have partnered to expand charging stations for electric vehicles.

The two have recently launched three EV charging stations.

The aim is to encourage the adoption of EVs and to create a zero-emission tourist route in the Campania region.

The project is part of memorandums of understanding signed between Enel X and some 21 municipalities in Campania to jointly implement the energy giant’s national plan to deploy EV charging infrastructure.

To date, 140 charging stations have been installed in Campania, with 300 expected to be complete by the end of 2018.

Nationwide, Enel has signed agreements with 350 municipalities to install 7,000 chargers by 2020 and 14,000 by 2022.

The mayor of Castellabate, Costabile Spinelli, said: “We would like to extend our gratitude to Enel, Italy’s largest power company, for its sensitivity to renewable energy issues and for its decision to involve in this ambitious project not only large cities, but also smaller towns with close ties to tourism such as Castellabate, which, partly through these initiatives, is expanding the services offered to citizens and tourists. With the installation of these charging stations for electric cars in various parts of our town we have taken up the new challenge of sustainable mobility, betting on technological development and anticipating the needs of the community. We are preparing to take another big leap into the future with a fast fibre optic connection to the Internet and with the gas distribution network, now under construction.”

“Electric mobility is a winning strategy not just in large urban areas but it is also becoming an important tool for attracting and welcoming tourists, enhancing the beauty of our country”, said Enel CEO Francesco Starace.