Electric mobility is essential for combating the climate crisis and reaching decarbonization targets.
The number of electric cars worldwide is growing rapidly: currently there are almost 20 million electric passenger vehicles, 1.3 million commercial electric vehicles and more than 280 million electric mopeds, scooters and motorcycles.
Ermete Realacci, President of Fondazione Symbola: “The 100 stories of businesses, associations and research centers highlight Italian excellence in electric mobility and show that Italy is already active in the mobility of the future. The industrial environment described by Fondazione Symbola and Enel also shows that our country has all the conditions necessary to tackle these crises. We need to work together to build an economy and a society that is more human-centered and, as a result, more future-oriented, more attentive to the climate crisis, more just, more resilient and more competitive.”
Francesco Starace, CEO of Enel: “The report produced with Fondazione Symbola, now in its fourth edition, highlights some of Italy’s most innovative and dynamic industries. The road to change has already been mapped out, as demonstrated by the statistics and projects of some of the leading organizations featured in the publication... In line with the principles of the Assisi Manifesto, they’re helping to create an economy and a society that is more human-centered, with significant prospects for growth.”
Rome, January 11, 2023. Fondazione Symbola, Enel and Enel X Way compile and share 100 Made in Italy e-Mobility stories of excellence in the fourth edition of “100 Italian E-Mobility Stories 2023” presented today by Ermete Realacci, President of Fondazione Symbola; Francesco Starace, CEO of Enel; Elisabetta Ripa, Head of Enel X Way; Pietro Gorlier, CEO of Comau and Adolfo Urso, Minister of Business and Made in Italy. Also taking part in the event were: Silvia Bodoardo, Full Professor at the Polytechnic University of Turin; Francesco Ausiello, Strategic Project Liason ART-ER; and Cristina Favini, Chief Design Officer & Strategist Logotel. The event was moderated by Maria Leitner, a journalist for Tg2. Italian e-mobility is recounted using 100 stories of businesses, research centers and associations that are contributing to the development of electric mobility in their own segment. From vehicle design to production, from components to batteries to charging infrastructure, Italy is at the forefront of the sustainable mobility revolution.
“The 100 stories of businesses, associations and research centers highlight Italian excellence in electric mobility,” says Fondazione Symbola President Ermete Realacci, “and show that Italy is already active in the mobility of the future. The industrial environment described by Fondazione Symbola and Enel also shows that our country has all the conditions necessary to tackle the crises. We need to work together to build, with the support of the best technological, institutional, political, social and cultural resources as stated in the Assisi Manifesto, an economy and a society that is more human-centered and, as a result, more future-oriented, more attentive to the climate crisis, more just, more resilient and more competitive. A path to overcome the crises that sees sustainability and the challenge of climate change as a way to jumpstart the economy by orienting it towards a new future. The path these stories tell is often one begun by businesses without adequate public support. It is time to recoup this delay.”
“The report produced with Fondazione Symbola, now in its fourth edition, highlights some of Italy’s most innovative and dynamic industries,” says Enel CEO and General Manager Francesco Starace, “The road to change has already been mapped out, as demonstrated by the statistics and projects of some of the leading organizations featured in the publication: businesses, research centers, universities and associations that are harnessing their talents and their passion to develop cutting-edge technological solutions for electric mobility. In line with the principles of the Assisi Manifesto, they’re helping to create an economy and a society that is more human-centered, with significant prospects for growth.”
Mobility is entering a new era that is more sustainable and efficient. An industry that, in the very delicate economic phase we are going through, is seeing the positive outcome of investments from manufacturers and from Europe through the Green Deal, one of the main cornerstones of the recovery. The evolution of the technology, the need to reduce the environmental impact, the climate crisis and the effects of traditional mobility on human health in the megacities of the world, and the proliferation of policies and huge investments by automakers all lead us to say, with well-founded optimism, that we are at a turning point for electric mobility. In recent years, Italians have seen a gradual increase in charging stations, hybrid and electric cars on the road, and especially e-bikes and electric scooters that are now part of our urban landscape. This transition is recounted through 100 stories of companies, universities, research centers and associations that represent the e-mobility industry. From big design firms working to redefine the form and style of the vehicles of the future, to component manufacturers called upon to reduce the weight of vehicles through the use of new materials (such as light alloys, aluminum and titanium instead of steel), to manufacturers of vehicles, even small ones, for the various types of mobility that have emerged in the meantime, first and foremost being car sharing.
The number of electric cars worldwide is growing rapidly
Currently on the roads around the world there are almost 20 million electric passenger vehicles, 1.3 million commercial electric vehicles and more than 280 million electric mopeds, scooters and motorcycles. Recent estimates predict a global market share of more than 50% for electrified cars, driven by battery electric vehicle (BEV) technologies. The main markets are China and Europe, the latter of which saw a 65.7% increase in electric or ultra-low emission (ULEV) car registrations in 2021 over 2020, and saw electric car sales overtake diesel vehicles sales for the first time in December. Germany remains the leader in the European market, with 682,000 vehicle registrations, followed by the United Kingdom with 306,000 and France with 303,000. Our country ended 2021 with an increase in sales of electrified cars (hybrid and electric) of 199% over the previous year, reaching 38.4% of the total cars registered. Looking at the registration of BEV cars from January to October 2022, the Italian market registered 39,400 units, with the Fiat 500E still at the top of the best-selling BEVs in our country (5,585 units as of October 2022).
Italy can be a leader
As outlined in this report, Italy can play a leading role in this new market because of its wide range of skills and technologies throughout the supply chain: from car manufacturers to producers of e-bikes, light vehicles, electric scooters and electric buses. The beating heart of this industry can be found in the components sector, where our companies are creating prototypes and building motors, stators, brakes, electronics and components, all the way up to casings and battery packs, with a dedicated Battery Hub for assembly in Turin. Italian designers are also being called on around the world to reimagine new forms of electric mobility. In the more advanced forms of mobility there is no shortage of sharing services, multi-utilities, charging solutions, related apps and communication, as well as studies published by associations that support the industry. In Italy, projects are moving forward for the creation of gigafactories, in addition to the 350 MWh- capacity facility FIB Teverola 2 in Caserta, such as projects by Italvolt which will employ 3,000 people when fully operational and will be located on the former Olivetti site in Scarmagno, in the province of Turin. Then there is the Automotive Cells Company (ACC), a joint-venture involving Stellantis, Mercedes e TotalEnergies, which aims to produce at least 120 GWh by 2030 with a new gigafactory in the former Stellantis plant in the province of Campobasso, in Termoli.
As demonstrated by the “100 Italian E-Mobility Stories,” our companies and research centers are ready to tackle new mobility challenges. Electric cars join innovation from other sectors, starting with the power grid, energy-efficient engines, battery durability, electric retrofitting of traditional cars and recycling of materials from a circular economy perspective. Reading the stories in the report, the growth of domestic production of electric and hybrid cars is highlighted. In 2019, electric cars accounted for only 0.1% of total car production, while in 2021 they exceeded 40%. Also highlighted is the production of last-mile vehicles, aided by car sharing, and the acceleration of digital products in the creation of apps and management services. A strong growth in the production of Made in Italy e-bikes can also be seen, while electric scooters are well-established as the most popular shared vehicles in Italy. In 2021, one out of three shared vehicles in our country was an electric scooter, and that number rises to nine out of ten if we exclude cars.
Below is the list of the 100 stories told:
1000 Miglia, Acea Innovation, Alkè, Alma mater studiorum - Università di Bologna, Alpitronic, ANFIA, Angelantoni Test Technologies, ART-ER, Askoll EVA, Atala, Atlante, Be Charge, Benevelli, BeonD, Bitron, Bonfiglioli, Brembo, Cecomp, CNR, Cobat, COMAU, Corrente, DACA-I Powertrain Engineering, Daze Technology, Ducati, Duferco Energia, e-GO! Drivalia (ex LeasysGo), E-Lectra, Edison next, Eldor, Elettricità Futura, ENEA, Energica Motor Company, Estrima, Eurogroup lamination, FAAM, Ferrari, FIVE - Fabbrica Italiana Veicoli Elettrici, Flash Battery, Free To X, Free2Move eSolutions, Generali, Gewiss, Green Energy Storage, Gruppo A2A, Gruppo Hera, IIT, IMA ATOP, Industria Italiana Autobus, Iren, Italdesign, Italmatch Chemicals, Iveco, JRC - Joint Research Centre di Ispra, Ewiva, Kyoto Club, Legambiente, Linky Innovation, Loccioni, Logotel, Manz Italia, Marposs, Marsilli, Maserati, Mavel EDT, Metelli Group, MIDAC Batteries, Motus-E, Neogy, NITO - Nuova Industria Torinese, Piaggio, Pininfarina, Pirelli, Podium Advanced Technologies, Politecnico di Bari, Politecnico di Milano, Politecnico di Torino, Privè, Rampini Carlo, RESSOLAR, Route220, RSE, S&h, Scame Parre Sifà, Stellantis, STMicroelectronics, Streparava, Targa Telematics, Tecnobus Industries, Terna, The European House – Ambrosetti, To Move, Università degli Studi dell'Aquila, Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Università degli Studi di Pavia, Università di Palermo, Università di Pisa, Vaielettrico, Vaimoo (ex Sitael).
The complete report can be downloaded at www.symbola.net.