Iberdrola partners with Leroy Merlin and First Stop to deploy EV charging infrastructure.

by Oct 1, 2021

The Spanish energy supplier, Iberdrola, continues its commitment to transport electrification in its transition strategy towards a decarbonized economy. It has concluded two further co-operations for the development of charging infrastructure. 400 charging points are planned at branches of the DIY chain Leroy Merlin in Spain and more than 50 charging points in cooperation with First Stop in Spain and Portugal.

Iberdrola and Leroy Merlin join forces to promote sustainable mobility. The energy company will be responsible for installing charge points for electric cars in the car parks of all the shops of the leading home improvement company in Spain, which can be used by its customers, employees and suppliers. Each shop will have at least four spaces with charge points, which will include fast chargers of between 50 kW and 350 kW for recharging in approximately 15 to 30 minutes with 100% green energy from renewable sources. Leroy Merlin chargers will be geolocated and charging can be managed from the ‘Recarga Pública’ Iberdrola app, the only one in Spain that incorporates verified information on all electric vehicle charge points, both those of Iberdrola and those of other operators.

Iberdrola is realising another 50 or so public charging points in cooperation with the Bridgestone subsidiary First Stop, a car repair shop chain with a focus on tyre and maintenance services. 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.

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. The Spanish company is aiming to install 350 kW stations every 200 kilometres, 150 kW stations every 100 kilometres and 50 kW stations every 50 kilometres. In order to realise the comprehensive network, Iberdrola says it has now concluded more than 50 agreements with government agencies, institutions, companies, petrol stations, vehicle dealers and manufacturers.

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