“The pandemic accelerated the change of paradigm for electric mobility”, considers EDP Comercial CEO, Vera Pinto Pereira, giving as an example the collective awareness of the advantages of a cleaner world, the arrival of smart-working and the intensification of micro-mobility, “tendencies that are here to stay and that are pushing electric mobility forward” stated.
As leader of EDP Comercial, she is a direct witness of the increase in the number of electric vehicles users – which sales increased more than 70% in August – and of the amount of charging performed in the stations operated and managed by EDP.
And since the tendency of this market is to keep growing, without going back, EDP will surpass its initial goal, and wants to have 700 charging stations by the end of the year, between those hired through partners and the 382 won in the Mobi.e network contest, revealed Pinto Pereira.
In partnership with hotel chains, gas stations, parking lots or hospitals, the company currently has 340 charging stations hired (some operational, some being set) and further eight were ordered through a partnership with the Hospital da Luz, revealed the executive.
Even with “this important effort”, it’s still a drop of water in the ocean of estimated needs for the next few years, which point to a demand of 20 thousand charing stations in Portugal by 2025. “That is why, it’s imperative that we keep growing and work in order to reach one thousand charging stations in the public network by 2021” announced.
The investment commitment is accompanied by some warnings to entities with roles in the sector. Vera Pinto Pereira defends incentives to operators in order to guarantee that the public network fulfills the mission of giving answers to the needs at a national level, such as it has been given to users of electric vehicles. “It’s important to give incentives outside urban centers, where it is not yet cost-effective”, said EDP Comercial’s CEO.
She pointed out other necessary measures, such as to review and update the Mobi.e network in order to enter the market phase, to accelerate the licensing deadlines and to clarify all the process or to streamline inspections to stations to verify safety conditions, processes that some times are responsibility of the municipality, and other of Mobi.e
In order to accelerate the energetic transition, “we need incentives transversal to the entire chain and guarantee an exploration model at a market level” underlined Pinto Pereira.
Energetic transition is not only electric mobility, and that is why Vera Pinto Pereira admits that EDP has also a foot in decentralized solar production, an area with great growth potential and aligned with the decarbonization agenda.
“We have been recording a significant growth in this area and we count with almost 100 MW installed in client’s homes” that produce energy in a decentralized manner, the so-called pro-consumers.
The company opened the first solar neighborhood in Belas, the only one currently in operation, but the CEO has more ambitious goals. “We want to have 15 thousand solar neighborhoods by 2025” revealed, adding that these communities increase the potential market in 1GW. This is because a producer with solar panels in his roof, land or building complex can multiply receivers, such as neighbors, lowering costs for everyone involved and contributing to decarbonization, explained.
In the field of domestic solutions for electric charging, clients now have the “EDP Home Electric Socket”. Recently launched, it’s a solution that for 299€ (installation included) allows safe charging in homes or building complexes, explains Pinto Pereira, who assumes the principle of directing the offer to several types of clients. It’s in this line that the operator has been giving great priority to companies, with solutions to facilitate company fleets through a management platform integrated in the public network and the private network Ev Charge. Vectors that convey, together, for the main goal of decarbonization of our economy, sums up Vera Pinto Pereira.