Aspi, the motorway charging network program with Free to X is underway

Aspi, the motorway charging network program with Free to X is underway


The electric and sustainable mobility plan of Autostrade per l'Italia starts from Modena, created in collaboration with Free To X, a company dedicated to the development of advanced mobility services by offering solutions to improve the travel experience of users.

The Secchia Ovest service area (Autostrada del Sole) is the first to kick off the new plan, where a battery-powered vehicle charging station has already entered into operation, with power up to 300 kW. A second ultrafast infrastructure will follow in the next days in the Flaminia Est service area, north of Rome.

The inauguration of the first station is only the beginning of a long project that includes the construction of 67 stations; each will have from four to six super-fast columns that will allow you to recharge electric vehicles that support high powers in about 15/20 minutes. Aspi's goal is in fact to install HPC multi-client columns in 67 service areas by 2024 in order to offer motorists owning electric vehicles an optimal travel experience. Once the installation plan is completed, the average distance between one charging area and another will be about 50 km.

Italy suffers a delay in terms of sustainable mobility, which is why we have decided to invest over 45 million euros on this front, with the aim of making it possible, both in the north and in the south, to travel in motorway with the electric car, with the same charging times as a traditional car. Our industrial strategy is fully in line with the objectives of the Recovery Fund and the Stability Law and facilitates medium-long range travel on four wheels, considered a priority by many citizens following the pandemic, through a logic of maximum sustainability. Free To X's ambition is to go beyond the motorway, making its integrated mobility services available for large urban areas and smart cities, said the CEO of Autostrade per l'Italia Roberto Tomasi.

A simple and efficient service. Not surprisingly, all the stations will allow charging in full autonomy through the use of the Apps of the main mobility service providers. According to what was widely known, the credit card payment method should be introduced shortly.

The industrial and service potential of Free To X are very high. We work with the logic of a start-up, aware of how important our role as a leading player is in terms of sustainable mobility. Together with the management of the latest generation electric columns, we are developing other services that will have a significant impact on the lives of several million travelers. I am thinking, for example, of the possibility of knowing travel times in advance with great precision thanks to the use of big data. This will also allow us to introduce a dynamic toll reimbursement system for users who will stay longer in the car due to the presence of maintenance sites. We also look with great attention to the new forms of integrated mobility that are proving to be increasingly important for large urban areas. With our technology and services, including through targeted partnerships with local or national players, we have the ambition to make life easier for those traveling on the motorway and in the city, Moroni added.

A sustainable mobility plan, therefore, which also aims to create 10 hydrogen distributors between 2022 and 2023, also thanks to the collaboration with important transport operators. The development of innovative applications for the management of sustainable mobility services and interconnections between the motorway network and large and small urban agglomerations will be among the prerogatives of Free To X so as to make all the services of the electrification program of the country's motorway network optimal. .

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China's Coercive Policies In Xinjiang Led To Sharp Decline In Uyghur Birth Rates: Report

An Australian think tank on May 12 released a report in which it said that coercive policies in China’s Xinjiang region have led to a sharp decline in birth rates of Uyghurs and other minorities, which could add evidence of genocide. The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) provided new evidence documenting the effectiveness of the Chinese government’s systemic efforts to reduce the size of the indigenous population of Xinjiang. ASPI said that there has been an “unprecedented and precipitous drop in official birth-rates in Xinjiang since 2017”. 

In its report, the think tank said that Xinjiang’s birth rate dropped by nearly half from 2017 to 2019, and the counties where the population was predominantly Uyghur or another minority group saw much sharper declines than other counties. ASPI said that the Chinese Communist Party authorities in Xinjiang launched a “series of strike-hard campaigns” against “illegal births with explicit aim to decrease the birth rate in southern Xinjiang by at least 4.00 per thousand from 2016 levels”. It noted that the birth rates across the region fell nearly 48.74 per cent in two years between 2017 and 2019. 

The report read, “The Chinese government’s approach to birth control among minority nationalities shifted from “reward and encourage” towards a more coercive and intrusive policing of reproduction processes”. 

It added, “Hefty fines, disciplinary punishment, extrajudicial internment, or the threat of internment were introduced for any “illegal births.” Family-planning officials in Xinjiang were told to carry out ‘early detection and early disposal of pregnant women found in violation of policy’”. 

The ASPI report comes amid growing calls among some western states for an investigation into whether Beijing’s actions in Xinjiang amount to genocide. The US, Britain and Canada have also described China’s policies in Xinjiang as genocide. According to foreign governments and researcher, an estimated one million people or more have been confined in camps in Xinjiang. Authorities have accused of imposing forced labour as well.  

However, the Chinese government has rejected the allegations and characterised the camps, which it says are now closed, as vocational training centres to teach the Chinese language, job skills and the law in order to support economic development and combat extremism.  

(Image: ANI/AP) 

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