Promotion of electric vehicles
- Fast, semi-fast and slow charging
- Products for short stays and subscribers
- Agreements with the main operators
- Reduction of CO2 emissions
Despite the adverse situation caused by the health crisis, Saba has continued to make progress in electrifying its car park network, convinced of the strategic importance of electric mobility. At the end of 2020, the company had 400 charging points in 5 countries, an increase of almost 41% in Spain alone compared to 2019. This sustained growth is a reflection of the company’s intent to favour deployment of the electric vehicle in all its modalities, being able to offer commercial solutions for short stay customers and subscribers, but also for vehicles of sharing companies or fleets that park in our facilities.
This comprehensive vision of electrical infrastructure positions Saba as the car park operator best suited to the growth of electric mobility. Since the company tendered the charging and maintenance service in 2018 to establish a model that would enhance the use of these vehicles, Saba has worked with Endesa in Spain to expand its network.
In 2020, this joint work enabled the market launch of “ParkElectric”, the first product to provide charging for users who do not have a private charger for their electric vehicle at home. The service is available throughout Saba and Bamsa’s car park network, where public access chargers are already available. There are now 237 charging units already operational in 57 car parks in 25 cities in Spain.
ParkElectric, a pioneering product
Parking space next to an exclusive charging point.
- Reserved 24 h/day
- Monthly charging rate: 160 kWh/month (equivalent to 1,000 km*) through EndesaX’s JuicePass app.
- Maintenance of charging equipment 24h/365 days.
* Estimate based on consumption of 17 kWh per 100 km approx.
With ParkElectric, Saba manages not only to meet the demand of short stay customers, who can make timely use of the chargers, but also that of its subscribers, by offering a linked charging service. No tailor-made solution with the “all-inclusive” model had previously been devised. This is a revolutionary product that will be a turning point for those who want to make the leap to electric mobility.
Growth in all Saba’s countries
Saba plans to continue expanding its charging network in Spain with the installation of up to 70 additional points during 2021. The company, which is always closely watching aid schemes for development of the electric vehicle, also hopes to benefit from the European Union’s Next Generation funds, which have identified the transition to electric mobility as one of the most important investment focuses. In this regard, Saba has prepared various expressions of interest in Spain together with leading partners to progress major projects. Finally, the negotiations opened with Endesa to introduce fast charging to Saba’s network during 2021 should be highlighted.
Saba Portugal reinforced its commitment to electric mobility in 2020 by installing 50 new charging units in 14 car parks in its network. The company reached an agreement with EDP, a leading energy company in the sector, to promote sustainable mobility and so bring an electric charging model similar to Spain’s to 10 cities in the country.
In Chile, Saba has decided to entrust the installation of 33 charging points in 11 car parks to Endesa’s parent company Enel. Advantage has been taken of the synergies generated in Spain in this way to transfer similar agreements to the other countries. It is also planned to deploy 30 charging points in 15 Italian car parks in 2021, pending definition of the commercial partner.
MMeanwhile, Saba Italy has developed an innovative mobile electric charging service in the Via Comasina car park in Milan, together with E-GAP. This system allows the owner of an electric vehicle to request battery charging via the E-GAP app when they wish. Once the service has been requested, the energy company moves to a specially enabled area in the car park to proceed with fast vehicle charging. It further shows that the transition to electric mobility can and should be open to different options, provided they are tailored to customers’ needs. In any case, Saba’s facilities can play their role as sustainable service hubs by taking advantage of their strategic location in cities.
In the United Kingdom, Saba has a mixed electric charging model, with up to 74 points in 11 car parks in the country. The company works with various operators, car manufacturers and charging service providers to promote electric vehicles.
The United Kingdom, which plans to ban the sale of combustion-engined vehicles in 2030, is among the countries with the most ambitious targets in terms of energy transition and emissions neutrality. For Saba, this promise only consolidates what is already a solid strategy for electric vehicles, in which the company will continue to invest in the coming years.