Galp, Portugal’s leading energy company, will install 18 new electric vehicle rapid chargers in 2018, strengthening its position as the country’s key player in rapid charging, with 36 chargers of this type in operation, contributing to lower the emission footprint of individual transportation in the country.
With these chargers, the company now operates a charging network that enables users of electric vehicles to carry out long distance travel on the country’s main roads without the anxiety caused by keeping a check on the autonomy of the batteries, allowing the charging of 80% of the battery in around 20 minutes.
Portugal currently has around 8.000 electric vehicles, whose sales have been doubling annually over the last few years.
In addition to assuring the international connections to Spain and Europe, Galp will also install the first chargers of this type in city areas, namely four in Lisbon and three in Porto.
Galp’s electric mobility strategy has forged on partnerships with Efacec, a pioneer in the development of rapid-chargers, mobi.e, which runs the country’s electric charging infrastructure, and the world’s main automobile brands.
Long electric track-record
Galp’s first electric charging point – the first rapid electric charging point at a fuel service station anywhere in Europe – was installed in 2010 at the Oeiras service area, on the A5 motorway between Lisbon and Cascais. Pombal and Aveiras, on the A1 motorway, followed shortly afterwards, enabling the connection from Lisbon to Oporto and back.
In 2016, Galp installed new points on the A2 motorway, between Lisbon and the Algarve, distributed in manner assuring suitable intervals for the average autonomy of electric vehicles and connecting the country from north to south. A further seven rapid chargers were added in 2017, expanding the network to a total number of 18.
There are currently 55 rapid-charging stations in the country.
In addition to having extended the electric vehicle charging infrastructure network, Galp has likewise promoted the transition to cleaner and more efficient fuels, ensuring national coverage of LPG and installing natural gas fuelling points along the major trans-Iberian road axes, indispensable for the heavy goods transportation by road.
Galp is a publicly-held, Portuguese-based energy company, with an international presence. Our activities cover all stages of the energy sector's value chain, from prospection and extraction of oil and natural gas, from reservoirs located kilometres under the surface of the sea, to the development of efficient and environmentally sustainable energy solutions for our customers – whether large industries that seek to increase their competitiveness, or individual consumers that seek the most flexible solutions for their home and mobility needs. We also contribute to the economic development of the 11 countries where we operate and to the social progress of the communities that welcome us. Galp employs 6,775 people.