The decision of buying an electric or hybrid car is the most important step, but not the only one. Where to charge the battery it’s just the first question for those who just started electric mobility. It was precisely to get ahead that EDP Comercial and Opel got together in a partnership that aims to simplify the lives of electric vehicle users. Starting from now, those who exit the Opel stand with a zero-emission car will also have an EDP electric mobility prepaid card charged with 100% green energy.
The initiative was officially announced today, and it comes with an extra; during the month of June; 150 kWh charged on the card, providing circa one thousand kilometers of autonomy. “It will naturally be a partnership that will grow beyond this promotional period. All the Opel electric and hybrid vehicles will have a prepaid card of 50 kWh” revealed the Director of Smart Mobility at EDP Comercial, Gonçalo Castelo Branco.
There are other advantages to this partnership. Opel clients, a part of whom is also amongst the more than four million EDP Comercial’s private clients at home, will benefit from additional discounts of 20% on their CEME card and in their home bill.
This is yet another partnership that EDP Comercial launched with an automobile manufacturer, after partnering with Daimler AG and Hyundai in 2020 and Volvo in 2021. The cooperation has actually been broadened to finance leasing, with Finlog and Arval among the partners, so EDP can be on board since the very sale of the vehicle.
“We play on different fronts in order to be closer to the client in the process of acquiring the vehicle, giving answers to several issues that come along at the beginning,” said Gonçalo Castelo Branco. The strategy is mainly focused on accompanying clients in the most decisive phases of their transition to electric mobility: “We know that it’s a crucial moment, but everything becomes easier if there is support during that process”.
In the electric mobility ecosystem, it will always be difficult for a single company to secure an “integrated offer” that fills all the needs, warns Castelo Branco. That is the reason why EDP Comercial is betting on partners who are not only in automobile manufacturers, but also other major chains, such as McDonald’s, Ibersol, Brisa, Repsol, or Vila Galé.
“That was the criteria that allowed us to be the operator with the biggest growth last year, with more than one thousand charging points ordered”. Only the collaboration between the several players will allow to supply “simple solutions” without having to deal with different entities, concluded Castelo Branco, Director of Smart Mobility at EDP Comercial.
Opel launches new models
Opel’s current electric mobility range includes six different models that derive from multiple versions. The Opel Corsa-e (100 kW/136 cv), with 377Km of autonomy, is pure electric, fully adjusted to daily use. In its turn, the Opel Grandland X Hybrid (225 cv) and the Opel Grandland X Hybrid4 (300 cv) are the last generations of plug-in hybrids, having more than 50Km autonomy in electric mode.
The Opel Mokka-e (100 kW/136 cv) with 324 Km autonomy, is the 100% e-version of the revolutionary SUV that also presents Opel’s new design language. The rest of the family of products with electrified mobility it’s currently constituted by the Opel Zafira-e 100% electric (minivans up to 9 places) and the commercial Opel Zafira-e 100% electric (in the van, double cab, platform, and passenger car versions).
In the second semester, Opel will add to its electric family the Opel Combo-e Life, and the commercial Opel Combo-e and Opel Movano-e. Note that already this year, the German manufacturer will have a complete offer of electric mobility solutions in all its line commercial vehicles. In 2024, all of Opel’s new models will have at least one electric solution, a totally electric or hybrid plug-in solution, announced Opel.