Parlamento Italiano, Aula della commissione Ambiente – Mercoledì 22 Settembre 2021

NHOA CEO Guglielminotti attends a hearing of the Environment and Transport Committees: “There is a lack of an overall sense of urgency in the journey towards electric mobility”

Carlalberto Guglielminotti: “The Legislative Decree under consideration shows evidence of a colossal gap in this country’s infrastructure and culture, which risks translating into yet another increase in bills for the Italian people”.

Milan, 22 September 2021 – The CEO of NHOA, Carlalberto Guglielminotti, has attended a hearing of the Joint Environment and Transport Committee of the lower house of the Italian parliament, the Chamber of Deputies, as part of their examination of the draft legislative decree implementing the EU directive of 20 June 2019 on the promotion of clean and energy-efficient vehicles.

During the hearing, Carlalberto Guglielminotti – who together with NHOA develops technologies and invests in infrastructure aimed at promoting the global transition to clean energy and sustainable mobility – emphasised the urgency of taking action on charging infrastructure.

“Over 50 million electric vehicles will be sold in Europe over the next 10 years. When all parked, and therefore connected to the electricity grid, they will equate to approximately 900 gigawatts of connected capacity 95% of the time, 18 times the maximum peak power of the Italian national grid and 70% of the installed capacity in the European electricity system by 2030”, stated Carlalberto Guglielminotti, CEO of the NHOA Group. “The electricity, distribution and transmission grids must therefore make huge investment in supporting this transition”.

This situation makes vehicle-to-grid (V2G) integration technologies a decisive factor in the balancing and stabilisation of the European electricity markets. In this field, last July saw the launch of the Atlante project, whereby NHOA will invest and operate the largest ultra-fastcharging network in Southern Europe and the first one to be 100% integrated with the electricity grid. The project provides for the installation of 35,000 fast and ultra-fastcharging points by 2030.

According to Guglielminotti, it is extremely urgent to speed up the transition to electric mobility and to increase the penetration of renewables, using technologies with built-in energy storage. It must also be considered that not only does Italy have the lowest penetration of electric vehicles in Europe, but it also and above all has the least developed charging network in terms of progress, coverage and output.

“90% of the fastcharging network in all of southern Europe remains to be constructed, and investment must begin now”, Guglielminotti continued. “What seems to me to be missing – and it should not be so – is an overall sense of urgency. On the one hand, despite good intentions and international commitments, the Italian system seems to be in no hurry to equip itself with charging infrastructure, although there are operators such as NHOA who are ready to do so by covering all the costs and investment. On the other hand, various initiatives have been announced by individual operators, but they are uncoordinated with each other. In any case, they do not address the issue of building into the charge points renewable energy, its storage and integration with the electricity grid. This combination of inertia and individualism risks an explosion of investment in the network; in any case, this will take years to arrive, and will then translate into yet another increase in electricity bills for the people of this country”.

Guglielminotti added: “Actually, it is unthinkable during a historic time like this – when companies and investors are strongly oriented towards and responsible for sustainability targets, and dealerships and operators of service stations and car parks are not legally obliged, we can’t say “to make”, but at least to “to allow for” investment in this direction”.

This investment would be at no cost to the state and the people, given that multiple operators – including NHOA – are present in the market and are ready to invest billions of euros in such infrastructure.

Guglielminotti’s conclusion: “The risk is losing investors and remaining in a situation like in Alice in Wonderland, running as fast as we can just to stay in place: change without progress. It’s a bit like the Red Queen’s evolutionary metaphor: “And if you wish to go anywhere you must run twice as fast as that”. That “anywhere” is the planet loaned to us by our children”.

Download the transcript and the full presentation here:
Guglielminotti Parliamentary Hearing – Text.pdf
Guglielminotti Parliamentary Hearing – Presentation.pdf