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Enel X has acquired a 12.5% stake in Hubject, an operator of over 200,000 public electric vehicle charging points.

EV drivers using Hubject’s charging points have no need to sign new contracts on top of the ones with their e-mobility service providers that use Hubject’s e-roaming services.

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For instance, EV drivers using Enel’s existing 8,000 chargers will now be able to access Hubject’s overall network comprising 200,000 points.

The acquisition by Enel forms part of the firm’s efforts to further improve its technological features, with the aim to boost the penetration of electric mobility worldwide.

Francesco Venturini, global head of Enel X, said: “By joining Hubject, we are taking electric mobility to the next level. We are expanding Enel X’s role of global e-mobility Service Provider, by increasingly supplying charging services beyond our network. The overall aim is to offer electric vehicle drivers the possibility to fill up their batteries without having to worry about who their provider is, or about being abroad. The necessary precondition to the spread of electric mobility is simplifying the lives of those who want to join this revolution, and we are fully committed to the challenge.”

Enel X has plans to increase its number of public and private charging points worldwide to 455,000 by 2021.

The Hubject e-mobility joint venture was founded in 2012. Its shareholders include BMW Group, Bosch, Daimler, EnBW, Innogy, Siemens, the Volkswagen Group and now Enel X.