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Italy Chooses Fast AC Charging for Electric Cars at H2Roma

There were a lot of people waiting for free EV test drives at H2Roma last week. EV sales are still very low in Italy, but that might be about to change. In October, there were 53 Nissan LEAFs sold—a record number. That volume is not exactly earth-shattering news, when Fiat sold more than 12,000 Pandas in the same period. But it was the first time an electric car made more than 50 sales in a single month in Italy. The Renault Zoe which will be available next year should fare even better. But the star of the show was undeniably the little Smart Electric Drive. Italy has always been a strong market for Smart, and the electric version should be successful there as well. The manufacturer was taking orders at the show, as was Renault for its even smaller Twizy.
Enel AC 43 kW charging station

Enel AC 43 kW charging station

With most Italian cities built long before cars were invented, streets are narrow and small vehicles are desirable. So the Twizy could be a hit. With the added advantage that, at least in the Southern part of the country, its lack of windows should not be an issue. But besides those small vehicles, the biggest news from H2roma this year, was the launch of a network of fast chargers. This was long overdue. After more than two years in the making, the plan will install public fast chargers in Milan, Pisa and Rome. The surprise is that no Nissan LEAFwill be able to use them.
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