Until a few years ago, electric mobility was “little more than an idea”: now, it is becoming more and more of a reality. The editorial written by Enel CEO Francesco Starace for the “Motori” (“Cars”) section of the newspaper Il Messaggero opens with this observation. The transition from conventional mobility to electric mobility is the natural result of the technological and industrial development occurring in the energy sector: the increasing use of renewable energy and the adoption of strategies focused on sustainability have led to a change in “the way energy is consumed and handled.”
The future of mobility is already knocking on our door: we will soon be learning how to get around in completely new ways
Francesco Starace, Enel CEO
This is a prospect in which technological innovation plays a fundamental role: according to Starace, it is the driver of this change, spurred on by a “challenging environment” that makes it more necessary than ever to combine growing energy needs with the fight against pollution and climate change. “The need for clean and sustainable mobility is becoming increasingly evident, and electric transport has huge potential,” said Starace, stressing that this type of transport offers the perfect paradigm of technological innovation, environmental sustainability and a consumer-oriented focus.
According to Starace, electric mobility will bring “a radical revolution” in transport which, in Europe at least, is the only sector to have seen an increase in emissions over the last few decades. Indeed e-mobility can completely cut all emissions of local pollutants, which are particularly harmful to our health. At the same time it significantly reduces noise pollution, while also dramatically cutting CO2 emissions, which cause global warming.
“We see the same potential for innovation, sustainability and efficiency in e-mobility that renewable energies presented 10 years ago. It is for this reason that we have decided to take up the gauntlet of developing e-mobility,” said Starace in the article, stressing Enel’s commitment with the launch of the National Plan for the installation of a widespread network of public charging infrastructure. The programme, which was presented in November last year, envisages the installation of approximately 7,000 charging columns by 2020 (in 2022, this number will reach 14,000) with an overall investment of between €100 million and €300 million.
Continuing down this same line, Starace discussed Enel’s partnership with Formula E. This is another opportunity for the company to promote sustainable mobility and work on identifying state-of-the-art solutions: in Italy, the first race was held on the streets of Rome on 14 April. Starace finished his detailed opinion piece with an invitation: “Technology advances faster than our predictions do: let’s be amazed by it.”
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