Enel X Expands EV Charging Network

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Enel X is expanding its EV charging network and offering new options for its customers. Its line of charging products includes residential, commercial, utility, and automotive options according to PRNewswire.

  • Enel X is expanding its range of EV charging options.
  • Its new Level 2 chargers are 14 percent faster than standard Level 1 chargers.
  • The company is also expanding availability of its rewards program.

This next generation of EV charging stations is designed to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles by making charging a vehicle quick and effortless. Its latest offering is a Level 2 smart charging station that charges up to 14 times faster than a standard Level 1 charger.

Making charging easier for customers could encourage EV adoption. (Photo: Enel X)

Better, faster, easier

In addition to faster charging, it includes upgraded specifications, built-in cable management, security lock, and seamless Bluetooth connectivity. There are also dynamic LEDs to indicate charging status at a glance. Additionally, customers have access to Enel X’s JuiceNet Green program nationwide, which was previously only available only in California.

The JuiceNet Green program comes in four different version tailored to home, business, enterprise, or utility customers. The goal is to manage charging demand and provide flexibility to the charging grid. This will help it become cleaner, cheaper, and more reliable. The program also makes charging an EV more affordable through a rewards program and infrastructure incentives.

Along with new products and the expansion of its JuiceNet Green program, Enel X is expanding the charging infrastructure. This includes a partnership with Kraft Sports and Entertainment that will see 50 new charging stations installed at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Acceptance of electric vehicles is growing, but slowly. People are reluctant to give up gas vehicles for a wide variety of reasons from price to misconceptions about performance and concerns about limited range. Ample public charging stations that are well-located are a part of the solution.

The charging infrastructure is growing, but not always were its needed. (Photo: Enel X)

Plenty of chargers in all the wrong places

A report in Forbes indicates many charging stations are sitting unused, but that’s only part of the story. There were 60,000 EV charging stations at 22,000 locations in the United States back in 2018. Fifteen percent of those stations were DC fast chargers and 87 percent of them were public. Those chargers were used less than 10 percent of the time.

The problem isn’t that the chargers aren’t needed or that people aren’t buying electric vehicles. Instead, it’s that many public chargers are poorly located. Charging stations at workplaces, along busy highways, and at hotels get heavy use. It’s the ones in parking lots at the grocery stores and restaurants that often sit idle.

Electric vehicle owners aren’t as worried as they once were about finding a charging station during their usual daily travel because the range of most EVs easily handles that driving on a single charge. What they are concerned about is convenient charging on a longer road trip.

Where EV owners need more chargers is at locations along routes frequented by those on long-distance trips. Highway rest areas are a prime example and the recent holiday traffic showed just how desperately more charging stations are needed. In California, where electric vehicles receive significant subsidies and are more common, there were lines of Teslas waiting hours for a chance to charge during the holiday rush.

WHY THIS MATTERS

Electric vehicle adoption is happening, but at a slow rate as the public gradually accepts the behavior changes required to drive these vehicles. The convenience of being able to gas up a car quickly and pretty much anywhere still holds strong appeal. Making sure EV drivers have access to chargers when and where they need them rather than at places where they don’t will factor heavily into the adoption of an EV lifestyle.

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