More than five million kilometers, enough to make 125 trips around the Earth, is the distance that electric vehicle drivers traveled with EDP energy in the first six months of the year in Portugal. The figures, revealed this week, show that, despite the period of confinement due to the pandemic, 750,000 kWh were charged in the first half of the year, that is, four times more than in the same period in 2020.
The nearly 60,000 top-ups on the EDP network in Portugal did not only enable electric mobility for drivers of zero-emission vehicles. Between January and June, travel powered by clean energy also prevented the emission of more than 500 tons of CO2. The data takes into account the use of EDP’s charging network, which recently reached over a thousand points contracted in all regions of the country, including restaurant chains, parking lots or commercial spaces that have established partnerships with the electric company.
But if we also add to the national results the 270 charging stations that EDP owns in Spain, the figures take on another dimension. By June, 16 thousand chargings, equivalent to 200 thousand kWh, were carried out in Spain. These figures allowed drivers to travel 6.4 million kilometers in the Iberian Peninsula, saving 630 tons of CO2 emissions.
To complete this zero-emission mobility map, we must add the performance of the EDP network in Brazil, where the company operates 65 charging points, including the largest electric mobility corridor in Latin America – which connects Rio de Janeiro to São Paulo. Charging allowed Brazilian drivers to travel 240 thousand kilometers, avoiding the emission of 24 tons of CO2.
With this performance in the first six months of the year, EDP promises to continue growing not only in Portugal but also in Spain and Brazil. The medium-term goal is, in fact, to reach 40,000 public and private charging solutions by 2025, in all three countries: “Strategic partnerships in the expansion and capillarity of the network are key to this growth in an active participation in the energy transition,” says a company source.