More than 70 charging stations and over 300 charging points throughout the country. These are the numbers of the innovative project by Ewiva that allows people to pay for charging their electric car with a credit/debit card directly at the charging station.
Important news for all e-drivers traveling in Italy. Ewiva, the joint venture of Enel X Way and Volkswagen Group, created with the goal of making high-power electric car charging increasingly widespread and accessible in our country, announces an important new milestone for this 2023: the feature that allows people to pay for charging with their credit or debit card has been expanded to more than 70 Ewiva sites – for a total of more than 300 high-power charging points (PoCs) throughout Italy.
The service includes the ability to pay directly at the Ewiva charging station in contactless mode through debit, credit or prepaid cards from the Mastercard, Visa, Vpay and Maestro circuits, or through Apple Pay and Google Pay. In this way, Ewiva guarantees charging of their electric vehicle even for occasional customers, such as tourists, those who have activated a short-term rental of an electric vehicle, or anyone who does not already have a subscription with a charging service provider (MSP).
In addition, the card payment solution is designed to offer an alternative to those who are oriented toward pay-as-you-go charging, including regular e-drivers who, when in need, may need different payment methods to charge the car.
“We are very proud to announce the end of the pilot phase and the start of the operational phase of the project, which has now come to include more than 70 charging stations throughout the country,” said Federico Caleno, CEO of Ewiva and Head of Enel e-Mobility Italy. “As a CPO – Charging Point Operator, it is crucial for us to make electric vehicle charging accessible to an increasingly large number of e-drivers, ensuring a fast, intuitive and comfortable experience. Through this project, we will also be able to adequately respond to occasional charging needs.”
Launched in March 2023 at the HPC – High Power Charging – station in Ceprano (FR), the trial was then expanded to 5 other sites, selected by usage rate, traffic of tourists or e-drivers, and proximity to possible points of interest. The project has now entered its most mature phase and has been extended – by the end of 2023 – from north to south to all stations in Ewiva’s ultra-fast charging network in Italy that are part of the European Miliar-E project, in line with the European Commission’s Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR).