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    Cepsa and Acciona join forces to promote sustainable mobility with a network of battery interchangers


    November 17, 2022 - CE Noticias Financieras

     

      Cepsa and Acciona have reached an agreement to carry out a pilot test to develop a network of battery interchangers in service stations of the energy company for the electric vehicles manufactured by Silence, a subsidiary of the group presided by José Manuel Entrecanales, informed both companies, which through this alliance will promote new models of sustainable mobility.

      Specifically, the first initiative of the joint project is already underway in Barcelona (C/ Comte d'Urgell, 219). The plan calls for the initial development of ten interchanges at ten Cepsa stations, five in the Catalan capital and another five in Madrid, in the coming months.

      Silence's CEO, Carlos Sotelo, indicated that the objective, with this initiative, is to "set up as soon as possible a wide network of battery exchange services throughout the country" in response to its aim of accelerating decarbonization and reinforcing its "leadership" in the 100% renewable electric mobility sector.

      "With this pilot in Barcelona and Madrid, hand in hand with Cepsa, our users will have a battery exchange station within ten minutes in both cities," added the executive.

      For her part, Cepsa's director of New Mobility, Isabel Gorgoso, pointed out that, through the alliance, the group will begin to offer micro-mobility services at its service stations, which represents "one more solution" among the various sustainable mobility alternatives it offers its customers.

      Silence uses a removable battery system in its electric motorcycles that allows the user to leave the discharged unit at an exchange station, obtain another with a 100% charge and continue their journey, through a very fast replacement operation of just one minute's duration, making this the fastest recharging system on the market.

      Replacing the battery with a charged one

      When the driver detects a low charge level, he can use the Silence Battery Station app to locate the nearest interchange and reserve a battery, exchanging it for a fully charged one.

      Silence's batteries are also used in the Seat Mó electric scooters - manufactured by the Acciona subsidiary - and in Acciona's urban mobility service units. These same batteries will be part of the equipment of Silence's new two-seater car, the S04. The service is also open to any other brand that wishes to join the exchange system in the future.

      To use the charging stations, Silence offers the option of buying the motorcycle without the battery, which reduces the price by 40%, and taking out a monthly subscription. In addition to reducing the purchase price, this method also saves the user from having to take care of battery maintenance, as Silence ensures that the batteries are always in perfect condition in its exchangers.

      As part of its commitment to sustainable mobility, Cepsa is developing the largest ultra-fast recharging network on the Iberian Peninsula, which will achieve a minimum ratio of one 150 kilowatt (kW) charger every 200 kilometers on the main highways and interurban roads.

      In addition, in this decade, it will boost the demand for green hydrogen in road transport by installing refueling stations in the corridors connecting Spain with Europe.

      The multi-energy company is also transforming its service stations, the second largest network in Spain and Portugal, into multi-mobility spaces.

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