Porsche, Enel X and Q8 to expand Italy’s ultrafast EV chargers

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A new agreement with automaker Porsche has been reached, which will enable the expansion of Italy’s ultrafast electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.

Enel X, Q8 and Porsche Italia have formed a joint venture to install ultrafast charging stations at 20 Q8 service areas by the end of 2021.

Enel X will provide its 300KW EV chargers, which is able to charge 2 EVs at the same time in just a few minutes.

For instance, Porsche’s Taycan model, with 800 volt architecture, will be able to charge 80% capacity in just 20 minutes at Q8 filling stations.

Once active, the project’s ultrafast stations will be integrated into the Porsche mobility ecosystem and be visible on the Enel X JuicePass app.

The agreement also provides for one of the chargers and the associated parking area of each active station to be reserved for Porsche customers only.

The first ultrafast charging station will be inaugurated at the Q8 service area of Paderno Dugnano (province of Milan), followed by other service stations at other key junctions of daily traffic and seasonal tourism, including Carate Brianza (province of Monza Brianza), Erbusco (province of Brescia), Padua, Perugia, Rome, Naples, Polignano a Mare (province of Bari), Brindisi, and Porto Rotondo (province of Oristano).

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Augusto Raggi, head of Enel X Italy, said: “Electric mobility is increasingly establishing itself as a winning choice, and not just as an alternative to traditional mobility. The agreement with Q8 and Porsche is a demonstration of how all the players in the supply chain are working together in harmony to foster this change.

“We are working to install the largest possible number of ultrafast charging stations throughout the country because we strongly believe that those who drive electric cars not only need to be able to count on an easily accessible and resilient network of charging points, but also have the opportunity to fill up with power as fast as possible.”

Enel X has more than 12, 000 EV chargers in Italy to date.

Pietro Innocenti, CEO of Porsche Italia, remarked: “Thanks to this collaborative effort, we are able to offer our customers a complete package of charging solutions, making it even easier to embrace zero-emission mobility. This includes developing a smart ecosystem with multiple charging options, at home and on the go, including ultrafast charging stations at our 30 Italian Porsche Centers and charging facilities at prestigious destinations, such as the restaurants and hotels that normally serve our customers.”

“In this period of energy transition, Q8’s objective is to contribute to the creation of the infrastructure necessary for sustainable mobility so as to meet the needs of all consumers, including the increasingly numerous population of those who have chosen hybrid or full electric cars,” declared Giuseppe Zappalà, CEO of Q8.