This is a further decisive step to increase motorway services in favour of sustainable mobility, enriching the sustainability strategy of A4 Holding, a company of the Abertis Group that manages 235 km of motorways in the North East of Italy, and thus allowing hundreds of electric vehicles every day to be quickly recharged on the motorway.
This is the result of the agreement signed between A4 Holding, its subsidiary A4 Trading (active for almost twenty years in mobility-related services along the A4 Brescia-Padova and the A31 Valdastico) and Fastned, European leader in the construction of fast-charging systems for electric vehicles.
The agreement reached involves the construction of Fastned's first fast-charging station in Italy, which will be equipped with 8 charging points (subsequently extendable to 16), capable of delivering up to 400 kW and which will allow energy to be used to travel up to 400 km in just 15 minutes.
The innovative drive-through station with solar canopy, the first of this type in Northern Italy, will be built by 2024 at the Truck Park Brescia Est site in Castenedolo area, where Europe's largest car park is located.
On the A4 Brescia-Padova there are already 13 charging stations (a quarter of them equipped with ultra-fast charging) in six different service areas and A4 Holding's sustainable mobility development plans include the installation of a further 22 charging points by 2024, eight of them thanks to this intervention and the technology provided by Fastned.
This partnership is part of the dense program of initiatives related to environmental sustainability that A4 Holding is carrying out for the three-year period 2022-2024 and that intends to support the transition towards a more sustainable mobility with lower carbon emissions, promoting the development of services to support electric mobility also for long-distance motorway journeys.
"The energy transition towards a clean and sustainable mobility model is one of the fundamental axes of our ESG strategy - is the comment of the Chairman of A4 Holding, Gonzalo Alcalde - We are very pleased with this partnership with Fastned, that allows us to further optimize our path alongside motorists in their choices of electric and sustainable mobility on our motorways. This new fast-charging station will allow our company not only to increase the offer of electric recharging stations on the 235 km of motorway under our competence, but also to make further progress in our environmental, social and governance performance, further enhancing the results and efforts made in terms of emissions reduction and decarbonisation".
"Starting our activities in Italy, the eighth country on Fastned's map, means a lot to Fastned and to me personally. Eleven years ago we founded Fastned with the aim of building a European infrastructure of fast-charging stations. Now, the addition of Italy to our list of countries is another great milestone for Fastned," said Michiel Langezaal, CEO of Fastned. "We are extremely happy to partner with the A4 Holding Group to offer motorists the best charging experience, encouraging many more people to switch to electric driving. We hope that our first station in Italy will bring many more along Italian roads as well as in major cities in the years to come."