Renault is focusing decisively on the energy transition, as it has confirmed recently the CEO Luca De Meo, according to which the range of the House in 2030 will be 100% electric: provided, however, that the charging network is adequate and the electricity prices favorable. How, then, does our country fit into this picture? Here’s what Raffaele Fusilli, CEO of Renault Italia, thinks about it.
What is your opinion on the current state of development of the recharging network in Italy, with particular reference to the columns installed on public land?
The columns on public land are gradually spreading, but not yet in such a way, in terms of number and geographical coverage, as to constitute an efficient reassurance for the customer interested in purchasing an electric vehicle. Today in Italy there are 39 charging points for every 100,000 inhabitants, compared to 70, for example, in Germany. This is still today one of the main obstacles to the purchase of electric vehicles in our country.
Do you believe that the current prevalence of low power columns is adequate for the needs of the latest generation of battery-powered cars?
In Italy, the high percentage of charging points at 22 kW is an essential advantage for a short recharge, for example during a lunch break or shopping, without causing an excessive load on the electricity grid. Renault has always believed in this and has equipped Twingo, Zoe and Mégane E-Tech Electric with on-board AC charger up to 22 kW. Not surprisingly, these vehicles stand out on the market for their versatility and charging efficiency. The development of fast and ultrafast points, however, is also necessary for an even faster and more flexible recharge, an indispensable condition for a larger-scale diffusion of electric vehicles and their use even more versatile and responsive to users’ habits.
In your opinion, what is holding back the diffusion of charging stations with charging power from 50 kW upwards?
Their cost, the required power and the complexity of the installation procedures.
Is there a risk that the current charging network will become obsolete in the face of the spread of new generation electric cars?
Each infrastructure is required to evolve in concert with technological developments.