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June 7, 2021

Iberdrola to install 400 Spain charging points

Spanish EV infrastructure is being ramped up with Iberdrola restaurant move.

By Simon Warburton

Iberdrola has reached an agreement with Restaurant Brands Iberia (RB Iberia), for the installation of up to 400 fast and super-fast electric vehicle charging points in Spain.

With the initiative, Iberdrola continues to accelerate its sustainable mobility plan, which foresees the installation of 150,000 electric chargers in homes, businesses and on public roads, as well as its transport electrification strategy to move towards an emission-free economy.

RB Iberia will install up to 400 electric vehicle charging points during 2021, which will be distributed across nearly 200 free standing model restaurants (independently built, chalet-style restaurants) of the Burger King and Popeyes brands. In addition, the group plans to incorporate around 100 new vehicle charging points in newly-built free standing restaurants each year.

Iberdrola says RB Iberia’s new facilities for promoting sustainable mobility will save 6,000 tonnes of COper year and will have a positive impact on air quality similar to that of 3m new trees.

The agreement between the two companies, which is exclusive for the next ten years, includes the installation and maintenance of super-fast (150kW), fast (50kW) and semi-fast (22kW) charging points in Burger King and Popeyes car parks in Spain, although it could be extended to Portugal in a second stage.

With the infrastructure, users will be able to charge the battery of their electric cars in around 15 to 30 minutes, with 100 % green energy from clean energy sources. RB Iberia wants to use its network of restaurants to contribute to sustainable mobility and the service will be available to any user, with no obligation to eat in the restaurant.

The chargers, located in the car parks of Burger King and Popeyes restaurants, will be geolocated and users will be able to manage charging from the Iberdrola Public Charging app, the only one in Spain that includes verified information on all electric vehicle charging points, both Iberdrola points and those of other operators. The application allows users to locate the nearest charge point, as well as reserve and pay with their mobile phone.

“This agreement confirms the need to continue collaborating with all the agents involved in sustainable mobility,” said Iberdrola Spain commercial director, Alfonso Calderón.

“Burger King and Popeyes are an excellent ally with which to advance in implementing solutions for the electrification of transport, which respond to the challenges of decarbonisation and to improving air quality in our cities and municipalities.”

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