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Date: January 24, 2024
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Milano aims to reach almost 7,000 charging points by the end of 2025

Authorities seek to make Milano one of the European cities with the most charging points. In addition, they will invest in electric buses and promote low-emission zones. What's the plan?
Volvo charging station Milan
Volvo's ultra-fast 150 kW recharging station located in the Porta Nuova district of Milan.

The municipality of Milano has presented a plan that highlights the installation of 4,000 charging points from now until the end of 2025.

This way, the city would surpass 6,700 units installed by that date.

The installation of these points, to be distributed in yet-to-be-determined locations, will allow Milan to have more than double the units currently available.

Giuseppe Sala, Mayor of Milano.

“In two years, Milano will be, along with Paris, Amsterdam, and London, one of the most electrified cities in Europe,” declared Giuseppe Sala, Mayor of the city.

It’s worth mentioning that the installation of the new chargers will be carried out by the local utility company A2A and will be designed in collaboration with Giugiaro Architettura.

At the national level, Rome is the city with the highest number of installed points, with 3,600 chargers in its territory.

Milano follows closely, currently having 2,700 of these.

Completing the podium is Napoli, which has 2,643 charging points.

On the other hand, it’s worth mentioning that various private companies have already announced electrification projects in Milano.

Such is the case of Atlante, a company dedicated to the fast and ultra-fast charging network for electric vehicles.

Last month, the firm announced a partnership with the construction company Lendlease for the installation of eight charging points within the Milano Innovation District (MIND).

They will be located in the former EXPO area, near the A4 highway.

Milano must “hurry” it’s run to electrification

Milano is one of the most polluted cities in the world, according to information published by the IQAir platform in March 2023.

According to the study, the capital of Lombardy ranks third globally in terms of fine particulate levels, only behind Tehran in Iran and Beijing in China.

Although these data refer to a single day on which they were taken, influenced by meteorological and seasonal factors, the situation represents a problem to be addressed by local authorities.

In this regard, Mayor Sala will seek to implement a ban on private transportation in the city center for the first half of this year.

“The change is not a utopia; changing the development model is possible,” the official indicates.

Additionally, it’s worth mentioning that the municipality aims to achieve 100 per cent electrification of public transportation by 2030.

To achieve this, a plan is being implemented to replace traditional buses with electric ones and install the corresponding charging infrastructure, at a total cost of approximately 1.5 billion euros.

In the same vein, IVECO BUS, the brand of urban, interurban, and tourist buses has signed a contract to supply 153 new electric buses to Azienda Trasporti Milanesi SpA (ATM), the public transport company of Milano.

The amount disbursed exceeds 120 million euros, and the units will begin to arrive in early 2025.

It is expected that the delivery will be completed by mid-2026.

So far, IVECO BUS has contributed 45 per cent of the entire ATM fleet.

Over 21,000 new charging points for Italy

While Italy already has more than 37,000 charging points, it is expected that this number will significantly increase in the short and medium term.

Indeed, the Italian government has allocated around 700 million euros to finance the installation of over 21,000 fast and ultra-fast charging points by 2025.

This investment was made through the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR), approved in 2021 after the COVID-19 pandemic to reactivate the country’s economy and promote ecological and digital development.

This project is part of the European Union’s Next Generation EU program, which has a fund of 750 billion euros for the region’s recovery.

On the other hand, it is worth noting that various companies have presented projects for the installation of more stations throughout the national territory.

Among the companies that have already announced plans are Renault, IPLANET, and Ewiva.

The French automaker indicated its intention to open 50 charging stations in Italy by mid-year, starting from early 2023.

Meanwhile, IPLANET published a long-term project for 510 hubs across the national territory to be completed by 2032.

Ewiva, on the other hand, will install a total of 30 terminals around the country, and they will be operational by the end of 2025.

Read more: Thousands of charging points for Italy: These are the announced projects”

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