Iberian Fast Charging Corridors
The CIRVE project is already in progress. 40 charging points in Spain that will be ready for all users in 2020. 25 of these points will be completely new and the rest will be adapted for ordinary use.
This European initiative in Spain has the support of Endesa, IBIL, Renault, EDP, DIG, Iberdrola, the AEDIVE association and the Centro para la Excelencia e Innovación de Portugal [Portugal Centre for Excellence and Innovation], CEIIA, and entails a further step in the interoperability of fast charging points for electric cars in Spain. All of the members of the consortium signed an agreement at the end of February at Endesa’s headquarters that will allow interoperability of fast chargers.
The project consists of the installation of 25 new charging points and adaptation of another 15 already installed by IBIL thanks to an investment financed through an invitation from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). The intention of the CIRVE plan: to open new borders and allow owners of an electric vehicle to take longer trips. In other words, to increase the supply points so that the autonomy of the batteries does not become a major headache for drivers. This initiative will also offer the possibility of charging at any charging point regardless of the operator to which it belongs. As explained by Javier Chueca, the technician responsible for the CIRVE project at Endesa, “the charging infrastructure for the CIRVE project will recognize the cards presented by customers of the service providers that have roaming agreements with the managers in charge of the project through the Hubject interoperability platform”. Further, Javier Chueca emphasizes that the chargers will be for everyone, regardless of whether there is a contract and/or provider card or not: “Due to a legal imperative, the infrastructure for the CIRVE project may be used by any user of an electric car, even if they have not signed a contract with a service provider. In this case, both the price as well as the means of payment for recharging will be set by the charging manager that operates the infrastructure. Determination of these prices will be part of the commercial policy of each company that provides customer service”.
Thus, it is clear that, as stipulated, rather than a unique card, each customer may subscribe to the plan of the operator of his/her choice and the charging points will accept all cards and mobile applications that are subject to roaming agreements, which is an important step for the electric community.
Where will the Quick Charging Points be located?
The intention of CIRVE is to begin to complete a stable network throughout the length and breadth of the peninsula, that in turn helps interconnect Europe. In the case of Spain, with the neighbouring countries of France and Portugal. However, although the location of the charging points is not yet known, as explained by Javier Chueca, “they will be installed in peri-urban zones that are yet to be selected according to the requirements of the TEN-T programme”.
The TEN-T network
The Trans-European Transport Networks or TEN-T is a planned set of priority transport networks intended to facilitate access of people and merchandise throughout the European Union. By means of this project, Europe finances projects that it deems strategic for the future of mobility in the European continent, among which the fast charging infrastructure corridors for electric cars stand out.