Rome Starts New EV Sharing Service, Installs 23 Charging Stations

As part of Rome, Italy’s Sustainable Urban Mobility plan, the city has created a new electric vehicle sharing service with Italian start-up On. It has contracted with Siemens Smart Infrastructure to deliver the charging infrastructure for the project along with cloud-based software for charger management.

“We are convinced that with our new zero-emission mobility project, which we just started with Siemens, we can make a meaningful contribution to Rome’s future plans,” said Alessandro Di Meo, managing director at On. “With this new sharing service, citizens and visitors can experience an integrated mobility environment that enables the sharing use of e-bikes, e-scooters and e-cars. Our goal is to transform the mobility of the Italian capital with an innovative, efficient and sustainable approach.”

23 charging stations have already been installed in the city center, with the rest to be installed over the course of this year. There will be a total of 120 compact Sicharge AC22 charging stations where two electric vehicles can be charged simultaneously via two outlets with a capacity of 22 kW each. The stations are connected to E-Car Operating Center (E-Car OC) – Siemens’ cloud-based charging infrastructure software – which manages the charging infrastructure, as well as charging events. 

E-Car OC provides data that is used by the On app to show users where the Siemens’ charging points are located, as well as their availability and operational status in real-time. 

“Switching to electric vehicles is only one part of the transformation to future urban mobility,” added Jean-Christoph Heyne, head of future grids at Siemens Smart Infrastructure. “It is also about providing flexibility and availability, for example by sharing e-cars or other alternative means of transportation, such as e-bikes. A connected charging infrastructure, comprising hardware and software, creates the basis for such services.”