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13/09/2018

In just over a year, there will be no barriers to travelling in Spain with an electric vehicle

Iberdrola deploys the largest network of fast charging stations on motorways and traffic corridors in Spain

  • NATIONAL COVERAGE. More than 200 fast charging stations installed: at least one per 100 km on the main roadways, doubling the current national network
  • ON ALL THE MAIN ROADWAYS. The project focuses on Spain's 6 radial roads and the 3 main traffic corridors - Mediterranean, Cantabrian and the Silver Route - and will cover all provincial capitals
  • FAST, SUPER FAST AND ULTRA FAST RECHARGING. Batteries will be charged in just 20 to 30 minutes, or just 5 to 10 minutes at ultra fast charging points.
  • CLEAN ENERGY. The electricity supplied will be 100% green and has a guarantee of renewable origin certificate
  • SUSTAINABILITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE. The company reinforces its strategy to lead sustainable mobility: the initiative is part of its plan to install 25,000 residential recharging points in four years

Iberdrola has begun the deployment of the largest network of fast charging stations for electric vehicles on Spain's main motorways and corridors. With an investment of more than €10 million, the project will tear down the current barriers preventing sustainable interurban mobility, allowing drivers to travel across Spain from end to end in an electric vehicle.

In just over a year, Iberdrola will install 200 fast, super fast and ultra fast (50kW, 150kW and 350kW) recharging stations, which means at least one per 100 km, doubling the current national network.

The deployment plan will cover Spain's 6 radial roads and the 3 main peripheral corridors - Mediterranean, Cantabrian and the Silver Route -, as well as reaching all provincial capitals and public access areas in the main cities.

The charging stations will have 50kW (fast), 150kW (super fast) and 350kW (ultra fast) power, charging most of the battery between 20 and 30 minutes or between 5 and 10 minutes in the case of ultra fast recharging, though this ultimately depends on the vehicle. Each station will be able to charge between 2 and 7 vehicles at a time, raising the number of fast recharging points to 400 throughout the network.

 

A reality in just over a year

Iberdrola has reached agreements and is in talks with partners - mainly hotels, restaurant chains and service stations - for the deployment of the network, which will prioritise locations close to the road with a wide variety of services (restaurants, cafeterias, etc.).

The first 30 fast recharging stations will be operational between September and October, and the rest will be operational throughout 2019.

The electricity supplied at these recharging points will be 100% green, and will be certified with a guarantee of renewable origin, which shows that this energy comes from clean generation sources.

This new initiative reinforces Iberdrola's strategy to lead sustainable mobility and is part of its plan to install 25,000 recharging points for use in residential, business and public spaces over the next four years.

 

On radial roads and the main traffic corridors

Iberdrola has pinpointed locations on all six radials: North Motorway (A1); Northwest Motorway (A2); East Motorway (A3); South Motorway (A4); Southwest Motorway (A5); and Northwest Motorway (A6).

It will also include the three main corridors of the peninsula: The Mediterranean Motorway (A7), the Cantabrian Motorway (A8) and the Silver Route Motorway (A66), as well as other national roads.

Along with this interurban deployment plan, Iberdrola is also installing charging stations in public access areas in Spain's major cities.

The company is in talks with other international partners so that users of its network in Spain can also recharge their electric vehicle when travelling abroad.

 

Geolocate, book and pay from your mobile phone

Users who go to the fast recharging stations can recharge, whether or not they are Iberdrola customers, through the mobile app that the company has developed as part of its Smart Mobility Plan: through the Public Iberdrola Recharge App, drivers of electric vehicles can geolocate, book and pay for the service on their mobile phones.

With this App, the user will also be able to make use of other recharging points belonging to partner companies.

The company is involved in various European initiatives and works to drive innovation and digitalisation in new solutions and services.

 

Leading the transition to sustainable mobility

Iberdrola is keen to promote and lead the transition towards sustainable mobility and electrification of transport as part of its commitment to sustainability and as an effective way to combat climate change.

This is a step forward in the company's strategy of leading sustainable mobility that it has been working on since 2016 Sustainable Mobility Plan with its Sustainable Mobility Plan and with the development of policies and concrete actions to 'mobilise' all the actors involved: government, companies, car manufacturers, etc.

The plan envisages the deployment of 25,000 electric vehicle charging points, aimed mainly at households and companies that want to offer this service to their employees or customers, as well as urban public spaces.

In this case, Iberdrola offers them an integrated solution that includes the recharging infrastructure, installation and a guarantee, a specific supply contract and the possibility of operating it in real time through the app available for IOS and Android devices.

Thanks to this "charging at home" solution, Iberdrola estimates that electric recharging is 10 times cheaper than fuel.

Iberdrola has also reached agreements and made arrangements with the various players involved so as to promote sustainable mobility, including AVIA, BMW, Renault, Hyundai, Groupe PSA, Volkswagen, Telefónica, Red Eléctrica de España, Pelayo, Grupo Auchan Retail España and ZITY. 

 

About Iberdrola

Iberdrola is a global energy leader, the biggest producer of wind power and one of the five top power companies in the world in terms of stock market capitalisation. The group is present in numerous countries and supplies energy to over 100 million people mainly in Spain, the United Kingdom (Scottish Power), USA (AVANGRID), Brazil (Neoenergia) and Mexico. With a workforce of 34,000 and assets in excess of €110 billion, it posted revenues of over €31.26 billion and a net profit of €2.8 billion in 2017.

Iberdrola leads the energy transition towards a sustainable model through investments in renewable energy, smart grids, large-scale energy storage and digital transformation, offering the most advanced products and services to its customers. Thanks to its commitment to clean energy, Iberdrola is one of the companies with the lowest emissions and an international benchmark for its contribution to the fight against climate change and the sustainability of the planet. Iberdrola is listed on numerous international sustainability indices, among them the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and FTSE4Good, and it is considered one of the most sustainable electricity utilities in the world.