Mazzoncini (A2a): “City Plug columns change the charging paradigm”

The first City Plugs, the new A2a electric car charging stations, were inaugurated in Via Manara in Milan

“The new City Plug columns are particularly sustainable for Milan and truly mark a total paradigm shift. They were designed not to be seen and to impact street furniture in a minimal way, so that they can be distributed anywhere.” Thus Renato Mazzoncini, CEO of A2a, on the sidelines of the inauguration of the first City Plug columns for electric charging in Milan, located in via Manara.

“These columns do not require a dedicated stall – adds the CEO of the Life company – an element that simplifies the administrative procedure and prevents citizens who do not have an electric car from complaining about the loss of space. Furthermore, they are slow charging stations, which therefore do not require the customer to unplug the car after the usual two hours. The citizen arrives home in the evening, parks the car on the street, puts it on charge and finds it charged the next morning, something that before now was not possible with traditional charging stations”.

“Unlike super fast charging stations, which reach up to 150 kW and cause significant problems for the network – explains Mazzoncini – City Plug charging stations recharge a maximum of 7 kW, enough to recharge even a large car in a few hours at night. 7kw is a lot for a car but not enough for the electricity grid. This means that the City Plug columns can be distributed in a widespread manner without the risk of unbalancing the network”.

“City Plugs are also inexpensive and therefore can be distributed anywhere – underlines the CEO of A2a – We have committed to Mayor Sala to install 2000 of these columns in Milan, with two charging sockets each, by 2025. A goal that will lead Milan to be, together with London, Paris and Amsterdam, one of the most electrified cities in Europe. But we won’t stop in Milan: our plan envisages 22 thousand charging points in the coming years. We therefore hope that other cities, starting from the regional capitals where we work, will follow Milan’s example”.