The plan will be implemented in sixAutonomous Communities (Madrid, Catalonia, Valencia, Andalusia, Castile-La Mancha and Asturias) and 10 provinces (Alicante, Asturias, Barcelona, Cádiz, Huelva, Madrid, Malaga, Seville, Toledo and Valencia)
Installations will include fast (50kW) and semi-fast (22kW) points; these universal points are compatible from any model of electric vehicle—and they can be reserved in advance from a mobile phone.
The agreement is part of the electric vehicle recharging infrastructure development plan that Endesa presented in mid-November of last year, and which will entail installing up to 8,500 public-access recharging points.
Ballenoil and Endesa X have signed an agreement to put electric car recharging points at service stations in their network. The agreement initially includes a roll out of 106 recharging points at 53 petrol stations. Andalusia will have the highest number of recharging points, with a total of 19 in Seville (7), Malaga (6), Cádiz (4) and Huelva (2). Next will be Madrid, with 14 charging points; there will also be 8 in Valencia, 2 in Alicante, 6 in Barcelona, 2 in Asturias and another 2 in Toledo.
The recharging points that Endesa X is going to install in Ballenoil service stations will be fast (50kW) and semi-fast (22kW), depending on whether the location is closer to urban hubs, and will allow the electric vehicles to travel another 100 km after 20 or 40 minutes of charging, respectively.
Additionally, they are universal chargers, meaning that they can provide service to all models of electric vehicle on the market, because they also allow continuous current charging (CCS Combo, CHAdeMO) as well as alternate current charging.
Ballenoil's clients, regardless of whether they are Endesa clients, can use the recharging points. They are very easy to use, thanks to the Endesa X JuicePass mobile app (available oniOS and Android). Like all charging points, they will be connected to Endesa's digital platform. Users can open the mobile app to find a charging station, learn its status, start and end the process from their mobile phone, and even pay to recharge their vehicle by credit card, all without having to be an Endesa client.
Josep Trabado, general manager of Endesa X, stated that "last November, we announced a plan that was more ambitious than any our country has seen before; it aimed to develop electric mobility, and thanks to this agreement with Ballenoil, we are continuing to demonstrate that we are on the path towards achieving our goal of guaranteeing that any driver, regardless of location, can travel freely throughout the country in an electric vehicle. With our plan, we are going to create a network of chargers throughout the fifteen thousand kilometres of the country's road system. This will ensure that any driver of an electric vehicle will have a recharging point within a radius of 100 kilometres. And thanks to agreements like this one, we're closer than ever to achieving this objective".
For its part, Ballenoil will reach a total of 126 recharging points to complete its offering to its customers and become "a solution that will enable drivers to adapt to new fuels", explained David Querejeta, partner and director of expansion at Ballenoil.
Furthermore, Ballenoil is aiming to strengthen its growth at the national level, reaching 200 stations in 2021. That objective fits within this new expansion plan, known as BAM, which the independent operator has already launched. It involves adapting traditional gas stations to the Ballenoil model and combining 24-hour automation with attentive service during business hours.
This agreement fits within the framework of the Public Access Infrastructure Development Plan for Electric Cars that Endesa presented in mid-November—the most ambitious plan to promote electric mobility that has been implemented in our country: it envisions the installation of 8500 recharging points, the first 2000 of which will be available between 2019 and 2020.