Endesa is selected to develop fast charging points for electric vehicles in Spain

IDAE (the Spanish Institute for Diversification and Energy Saving), the entity responsible for managing and coordinating the government’s e-mobility plan, has selected Endesa’s ‘QUICK’ project for its strategic progamme to roll out fast charge infrastructure for electric vehicles in Spain.

The plan has been designed to supply fast charge points initially in urban areas where the first electric vehicles will be used. Endesa will offer fast charge services (complementary to the slow charge installations at homes, workplaces and leisure areas) that are compatible with the first electric vehicles slated to appear in Spain manufactured by Mitsubishi, Citroën, Peugeot and Nissan. These vehicles have a special plug, in addition to the normal charger, that permits shorter charging times (around 15 minutes), allowing vehicles to be driven an additional 60 – 100 km.

To do this, Endesa will install charging points compatible with the CHAdeMO standard, adopted by various manufacturers such as Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi, PSA and Subaru. Endesa has been a fully fledged member of the CHAdeMO association since March 2010, and has already developed and obtained certification for its fast charge system.

Today, Endesa is working on the efficient integration of fast charge points into the distribution network through the CRAVE project that officially kicked off at the end of September. The objective of this project is to design fast charge points for electric vehicles that will allow power to be stored and to integrate renewable energies to facilitate the management of the system.

The selection of the Quick project is part of the aid programme for investment in strategic projects to foster energy saving and efficiency developed by IDAE in 2010. The 2010 programme continues along the same lines as the projects rolled out in 2008 and 2009 has the same objectives: To improve, optimise and complement the resources offered to the market through the different autonomous regions in Spain. The programme is part of the direct initiatives envisaged in IDAE’s 2008-2012 Action Plan for the Energy Savings and Efficiency Strategy in Spain (2004-2012).