McDonald’s begins EV charging roll out in Italy

A new partnership between fast food giant McDonald’s Italia and charge point provider Enel X has been put in place.

The deal will see 200 charging points installed by the end of 2021 across 100 McDonald’s in Italy.

The move is part of McDonald’s aim to transition towards electric mobility and to accelerate the overall growth of the sector across Europe.

The project will see JuicePole and JuicePump charging stations installed and customers will be allowed to use the points. Two vehicles can be charged simultaneously with power of 22kW and 50kW on the two units. The latter unit can charge vehicles in 30 minutes – which is the average time of a McDonald’s customer in one of its restaurant.

The points will save more than 1,800 tonnes of CO2 and the equivalent of CO2 being absorbed by around 100,000 trees.

Speaking about the move, Tommaso Valle, Corporate Relations and Sustainability Director at McDonald’s Italia, said: “We are the biggest restaurant chain in the world and we feel we should get directly involved in some of today’s more urgent social and environmental challenges.

“Through a new partnership with Enel X, which we are really proud of, we can confirm our daily commitment towards reduced environmental impact, making us the promoters of a culture of sustainability, and making the services and tools that contribute to that goal more and more accessible – to our customers first and foremost.”

To date, Enel X has installed over 10,500 charging points in Italy and expects to reach a total of 28,000 by 2022. Enel X’s e-Mobility Emission Saving tool has calculated the connected infrastructures has enabled its customers to travel over 100m km on electricity and saving the environment over 12 million kg of CO2 – equal to the quantity absorbed by about 670,000 trees in one year.

Frederico Caleno, Head of e-mobility Italy for Enel X, said: “The agreement with McDonald’s enables people to easily and consciously approach the world of electric mobility, the only real option for travelling with due regard for the environment.

“The new charging points join the over 10,500 we have already installed nationwide and are part of a broader project that sees us involved in the creation of a European network of infrastructures.”

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