Volvo is going electric and is moving more and more towards Tesla. Surprisingly, the Swedes have announced that they want to set up a network with their own fast charging stations. So far, Volvo Cars has not had its own stations and has been a partner of Ionity. Now the decision was made to have a network of their own. It starts this year with 175kW charging stations. But not in Sweden.
Volvo Recharge Highways
Italy is not necessarily the country that one would spontaneously ascribe to a pioneering role in matters of e-mobility. It is therefore somewhat surprising that Volvo Cars wants to establish a network of 175kW charging stations on the Italian peninsula. The start of the “Volvo Recharge Highways” has been announced, and 30 Volvo fast charging stations will be built this year. 25 of them should be ready by the end of summer, more than half should be placed at motorway exits. Others will be on the premises of Volvo partners, all of which should be easily accessible.
Although the charging stations advertise with the Volvo logo, they are also open to other brands. The electricity should come exclusively from renewable energy sources. It seems that a 175kW station only has two charging places, electric vehicles should be able to charge the batteries to 30% in 80 minutes.
Historically, the action is reminiscent of the old days when the northern Europeans discovered Italy as their preferred travel destination after the war. To enable Volvo and Saab drivers to travel as stress-free as possible, spare parts depots have been set up along the main routes. It's similar now with the electric car-savvy Scandinavians. Those who want to go on holiday in a country whose infrastructure is not yet designed for this type of drive.
Test run in Italy?
Volvo sagtthat the initiative is intended to give the Italian market a boost. This is certainly justified, because interest in electromobility is limited to a few affluent markets in Europe. In large parts of the EU, e-mobility and the expansion of the infrastructure have so far played a minor role.
At the moment, Volvo's plans are limited to Italy. According to the official interpretation, no separate network with fast chargers is planned for other markets. It remains to be seen at the moment whether this attitude will last in the medium term. The manageable market in Italy may be a test field to gain experience in setting up your own network of charging stations.