Rome, April 6, 2023 – The electrification and sustainability project of Free To X, an Autostrade per l’Italia group company dedicated to the development of advanced mobility services to enable travel from North to South by electric car, reaches the milestone of 60 active high-power charging station areas on its network. Today, in fact, charging stations were activated in the Lario Est service area on the A9 Lainate-Como-Chiasso highway.
The new opening on the highway linking Italy with Switzerland follows those of Sillaro Est and Ovest on the A14 Bologna-Taranto near the Castel San Pietro toll booth, which strengthened the plan along the A14 and bringing the number of activated service areas to 14 – 7 southbound and 7 northbound.
The service areas activated so far are homogeneously distributed from North to South – 30 in North Central, 30 in South Central – with an average interdistance of less than 100 km. As of today, it is possible to travel by electric from Bari to Como, via the A16 Naples-Canosa, thanks to the 30 active areas with an average distance of 53km between them.
After these latest activations, the plan of 100 service areas activated by the summer of 2023 is getting closer thanks, in part, to the 16 charging stations ready and awaiting activation and 9 under construction.
Once the national installation plan is completed, out of 100 service areas in the ASPI network, the average distance between one charging area and another will be about 50 km, which is equal to the average interdistance of service areas at the European level, as well as in line with the European regulation (Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Regulation – AFIR).
Born in 2021, Free To X is an ASPI Group company dedicated to the development of advanced mobility services, offering solutions to improve the all-around travel experience, focusing on innovation, technology and sustainability. Free To X builds and manages as Charging Point Operator (CPO), the largest network of HPC stations for electric vehicles in Italy, in the highway environment, with charging points capable of delivering up to 300kW of power with average charging times of 15 to 20 minutes. Free To X enables neutrality of technological standards, recharging the different types of vehicles that will travel on the highway with 100% green energy; geographic neutrality, covering the entire highway network of Autostrade per l’Italia; and commercial neutrality, guaranteeing access, on equal terms, to all the main operators of electric mobility (Mobility Service Provider – MSP) who have the relationship with end users, including through the main e-roaming platforms. The Free To X infrastructure is available on the Hubject and Gireve e-roaming platforms, and to date more than 50 MSPs, of 15 different nationalities, have joined the interoperability offer.
Drivers of electric cars, through the apps or cards of Mobility Service Providers will thus be able to take advantage of charging services in total autonomy, h24 and 7 days a week, using the charging points for the time necessary to refuel the batteries of their vehicle. Also thanks to these facilities, vacationing by electric car in our country will be simple and sustainable.