26th October 2017 – Milan. Yesterday CESI presented a new report about sustainable mobility realized together with Assolombarda. The report – Sustainable Mobility: Energetic Solutions, Technologies and Business Opportunities – describes sustainable mobility scenario in Italy and Europe up to 2025, giving policymakers updated information and development hypothesis in order to develop energetic and transportation strategies, both locally and internationally. At the same time, the report offers to companies useful information about a possible market evolution and opportunities in terms of investments. According to the document, in 2025 in Italy there will be more than 9 million low environmental impact vehicles: 3,5 million hybrid and electric vehicles and 5,8 million LPG and CNG vehicles. Moreover, in 2016 Italy was the first country in Italy for alternative cars registrations (185.000, more than twice as many as French and English cars and almost three times German cars). Furthermore, in the medium-long term electric vehicles will ensure the best environmental sustainability, especially in terms of local emissions, while in the short-medium term biofuels, LPG and methane will continue to be the most used.
“In Italy, the transportation sector contributes for more than a quarter on climate-change emissions. A transition towards a more sustainable mobility is necessary to make our cities healthier. By following the study’s results, a complete electrification of vehicles is an unstoppable path that will ensure the best environmental sustainability, with a specific focus on global CO2 emissions, noise pollution and local emissions reduction. On the other hand, in the short-medium term, biofuels, LPG and methane will continue to be the most used alternative fuels”, Matteo Codazzi says.
Therefore, in order to support this evolution, electric grids must always be efficient and able to guarantee their stability because of possible overloads, a consequence of a growing number of electric vehicles. From this point of view, utilities and service providers are working on innovative charging technologies. “Smart Charging” and “Vehicle-to-Grid” technologies are two examples in this direction.
“We do not think about these as technologies of the future. During these days, in fact, here in Cesi we are already working on the testing and qualification of bi-directional charging stations for the “Vehicle-to-Grid” technology, in order to guarantee the perfect integration on the electric system”, Codazzi explains.
On the other hand, support from institutions is needed in order to allow Italy to be a leader of electric mobility. “We believe that a good coordination of PNiRE funds and the confirmation of actual fees for recharging in public spaces, also after 2019, are necessary”, Codazzi ends.