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Portugal - Charging Infrastructure

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Portugal’s electric mobility program MOBI.E includes both building a nationwide recharging infrastructure and growing the domestic market for EVs, which began commercial sales in Portugal in 2011.

Images courtesy of MOBI.E.

The MOBI.E vehicle electrification project includes installing charging stations in 25 municipalities and along main highways in its pilot phase (initial locations are shown on the Portugal country map above) as well as developing its own 80-km range battery-electric vehicle Mobicar, primarily aimed at the export market.

Currently, there are two predominant types of charging stations:

  • Normal charging stations: At home, for fleets, on-street and off-street parking, and 
  • Fast charging stations: on main roads and highways, in service stations and other strategic urban locations.

The nationwide pilot network included 976 charging stations (968 normal and 8 fast chargers) for EVs spread across 25 cities as of the end of 2011, with a total of 1,350 stations planned for the initial phase.

The initial phase for MOBI.E is publicly funded, but one of the program goals is for private business development using renewable energy sources to expand the network. A wide and comprehensive network is underway, including charging points along streets and in public car parks, shopping centers, service stations, hotels, airports, and private garages.