The Spanish energy Company Iberdrola is planning to launch 400 charging point at branches of the DIY chain Leroy Merlin in Spain. Furthermore the Company is planning to launch more than 50 charging points in cooperation with First Stop in Spain and Portugal.
The agreement with Leroy Merlin covers all branches of the DIY chain in Spain, with the charging infrastructure roll-out to start in Andalusia, Catalonia, Madrid and Valencia. According to Iberdrola, each branch will receive at least four parking spaces with charging stations, including devices with a capacity of between 50 and 350 kW.
The partners define the target group as customers as well as employees and suppliers. The electricity supplied is to come 100 % from renewable sources.
Iberdrola is realising another 50 or so public charging points in cooperation with the Bridgestone subsidiary First Stop. The partners envisage the installation of charging points with 350 kW, 150 kW, 50 kW and 22 kW, whereby First Stop will provide the locations for the charging stations, while Iberdrola will supply, install and operate the equipment.
The jointly planned charging infrastructure is to be installed “along the main roads in Spain and Portugal”. Currently, 14 charging stations in six autonomous regions are said to already be “at an advanced stage of development”.
For its part, the Bridgestone Group, which owns First Stop, plans to install up to 3,500 new charging points in its European retail and service network over the next five years, working with EVBox Group and TSG. The roll-out is set to start in France and Italy before expanding to the UK, Germany, Poland, Spain and other European countries.
Iberdrola says that both the charging points at Leroy Merlin and First Stop can be located and activated via the Recarga Pública app. The payment process also runs via the app. The Spanish energy provider wants to invest 150 million euros in the installation of 150,000 charging points in households, businesses, cities and on motorways and highways within five years.
In order to realize the comprehensive network, Iberdrola says it has now concluded more than 50 agreements with government agencies, institutions, companies, petrol stations, vehicle dealers and manufacturers.