Italian municipalities on their way to building networks of small charging stations
09/06/2016

Italian municipalities on their way to building networks of small charging stations

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During the course of the "E-Mobility Works" project, action plans in Italy were developed in three small-medium size municipalities (Budrio, Correggio and Conegliano) located in two Italian regions (Emilia Romagna and Veneto).

These plans focused on including sustainable mobility policies in the sustainable energy action plans, on sustainable tourism and on the use of sustainable fleets for local shops adding value to the local economy. Most of the actions were zero-budgeted and had to focus specifically on adapting local regulations to E-Mobility take-off through several measures:
  • electric vehicle (EV) free access and parking in restricted traffic areas;
  • release parking concessions (under the condition of equipping the area with charging points);
  • adaptation of vehicle procurement rules to EV inclusion.
However the main objective was to ignite the creation of a network of small charging stations, to be extended in medium-long term.

Because of the slow development at the local level of E-vehicles and of the charging station market, national and regional policies try to support the up-scale of such initiatives. Italy has indeed launched an E-vehicle subsidy programme of EUR 95 M for 2014 and 2015, and a national programme aiming at creating 1.000 charging stations in cities. The Veneto region has recently issued a subsidy program, offering a 30% price cut to municipalities willing to buy new e-vehicles. In the Emilia Romagna region,  EUR 2.4 M from the ERDF (from the 2007-2013 regional operational programme) were used to purchase 103 electric vehicles
In this context, the E-Mobility Works project has been very beneficial for the municipalities involved as it has mobilized within a common framework a number of local E-bikes and manufacturers of charging stations, retrofitting experts and E-mobility friendly associations. Connecting all these stakeholders will support the development of their businesses in the interest of their municipalities.

In this same perspective, interoperability was an issue which was naturally taken into account by Italian producers of charging stations. The market of charging stations seems to have naturally embraced the prospect of integrating the national and European E-mobility network. For Italian experts, interoperability is no longer a technical issue but a criterion ensuring economical sustainability.

After the end of the E-Mobility Works project, the Italian municipalities will focus on creating the necessary conditions for the installation of a small charging station network. E-Mobility will also become a priority by promoting it within municipalities’ procedures, regulations and everyday operations.

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