Enel X, Be Charge and Eni in synergy for electric vehicle charging

Source: press release, 22 December 2021

photo: Eni
photo: Eni

Enel X, Be Charge, a subsidiary of Eni gas e luce (from 2022 Plenitude), and Eni have signed agreements enabling electric drivers to fill up their vehicles with energy throughout Italy using the infrastructure of the three companies, which has around 20,000 electric charging points.

Enel X, the country’s largest operator in the public charging infrastructure sector with over 13,000 points, and Be Charge, the second largest player in Italy, manage the country’s main electric vehicle charging networks. They have a widespread presence in all regions and major cities and an investment plan that aims to spread e-mobility through the installation of high-powered chargers that allow an ultra-fast, easy and totally safe charging experience.

The partnership between the companies enables interoperability between their charging networks, allowing customers to access the service easily from their smartphones via the Enel X, BeCharge and Eni Live apps, and thus charge indifferently on the Enel X and BeCharge networks.

“The interoperability of charging infrastructures is a fundamental element in the strategy to spread electric mobility in Italy, and that is why we are very pleased to have reached an agreement with Be Charge and Eni, operators who, like us, strongly believe in the electrification of transport,” says Federico Caleno, Head of e-Mobility Italy. “In recent years we have built a comprehensive charging network covering the entire Italian peninsula, allowing people to drive electric cars with total peace of mind. Today, through this partnership, we are further demonstrating how important it is to work in synergy with partners to make the transition to electric power even easier and more affordable.”

“The agreements fit perfectly into Be Charge’s strategy of offering travellers an increasingly easy energy refuelling experience and even more innovative services. Thanks to strategic partnerships, such as those with Enel X and Eni, we want to confirm once again our commitment to sustainable mobility, a key element in the energy transition to which we wish to contribute through the appropriate dissemination of charging systems and the infrastructure to manage them. We have a plan for rapid growth in Europe, aiming to reach more than 31,000 charging points by 2030,” says Simone Zuccotti, President of Be Charge and Head of Innovation and Business Development at Eni gas e luce.

“This synergy is part of Eni’s broader strategy for the mobility of the future, which includes the evolution of the current service stations, mobility points at which we plan, among other things, to offer fast and ultra-fast charging for electric mobility. The plan includes the installation of more than 1,000 charging stations on the network of our stations in Italy and abroad by 2025,” states Giovanni Maffei, Head of Green and Traditional Refining & Marketing at Eni. “In addition, interoperability for electric vehicle charging is included in our Eni Live app, which allows drivers to access various services with increasingly automated, efficient and secure payments.”

The agreement benefited from the exemption from the application of the rules on transactions between related parties pursuant to the procedures adopted by Enel and Eni