26 March 2024

Charging network in Italy: state of the art

The evolution of the electric vehicle charging network in Italy has undergone significant development in recent years, reflecting an increasing commitment to promoting sustainable mobility in the country. In fact, the most recent data, updated to December 31, 2023 (Motus-E Report), reflect a constantly evolving landscape, characterized by significant progress in the development of the charging infrastructure in Italy.


Growth of charging points in Italy

One of the key indicators of this progress is the number of public charging points, which has exponentially increased. In Italy, according to Motus-E data updated to December 2023, the number of public charging points has passed the 50,000 mark, an increase of 38% over the previous year: an important sign of growth and a network that already allows e-drivers to recharge during their daily travels and commutes.


Power and Speed: two key elements

In addition to diffusion, network development in Italy is also based on the quality and efficiency of charging points. During 2023, more than 3,000 new DC charging points were installed, including about 1,400 ultra-fast ones. This trend indicates a clear commitment of the Charging Point Operators (CPOs)-such as Ewiva-to faster, higher-performance charging solutions, which are key to eliminating barriers related to range anxiety and providing a more comfortable and accessible experience for all e-drivers.


Geographical distribution and in cities

The geographical distribution of charging points plays a crucial role in the overall effectiveness of the network. In terms of the number of charging points, Rome (3,588 charging points), Milan (2,883) and Naples (2,652) lead the ranking but, in the last year, a more uniform development can be observed throughout the national territory: looking at the distribution by macro-areas, in fact, the recovery of installations in the South and Islands continues, where 23% of the total number of charging points present in the Peninsula is now concentrated, compared to 19% in the Center and 58% in Northern Italy. If we consider the number of charging points per km² of surface area, moreover, we can see that the ranking reverses, placing Naples in the lead with 225 points per 100 km², followed by Milan (183 points per 100 km²) and Rome (67 points per 100 km²). A widespread and capillary charging network is a key element to ensure along the whole country to fully benefit from the transition to electric mobility.


Italy in the European context

At the European level, Italy stands out as a major player in the development of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, firmly placing itself among the top 5 countries in Europe in terms of network extension thanks to more than 50,000 installed charging points. However, what makes Italy even more competitive is its density of charging points relative to the number of electric vehicles in circulation, surpassing other countries such as France, Germany and the United Kingdom. This superiority translates into greater accessibility to charging, making it easier for EV drivers to find available charging points and reducing waiting times.


Future prospects and challenges ahead

Despite the significant progress made, there are still many challenges ahead for the electric mobility sector. A more even distribution of charging points throughout the country remains an important goal to achieve, as does increasing electric vehicle registrations to ensure more widespread use of the network. In addition, it is essential to continue investing in advanced and sustainable charging technologies to meet the growing needs and varied usage occasions of e-drivers.


Italy is distinguishing itself as a pioneer in the electrification of transportation, leading the transition to more sustainable and efficient mobility. Ewiva’s commitment to activating high-powered charging points in the most strategic places in our country, from North to South, – both in urban areas and along the main routes and extra-urban areas – contributes concretely to the achievement of these results, earning Italy a place among the European countries that are leading the development of electric mobility.