The Spanish company Efibat, dedicated to the design, manufacture and distribution of solutions aimed at Energy Efficiency, Energy Quality and Energy Saving, has inaugurated the expansion of its new factory for electric vehicle recharging points, which will generate a hundred new jobs until 2025.
The company will invest seven million euros in the period 2021 to 2025, with the aim of producing 50,000 recharging point units per year when it is fully operational.
Efibat, which currently has 40 employees, manufactures a line of equipment to improve the quality of the electrical network (capacitor banks), helping to make energy distribution networks much more efficient and reducing electricity bills.
Likewise, in recent years it has developed a complete portfolio of charging points for electric vehicles under the EFIPLUG brand, with more than 100 different models of charging points in a range of powers between 3.6kW and 22kW, and given the growth of market, the company has prepared a business plan with investments to multiply production capacity tenfold, with regional aid from the Economic Development Institute of the Principality of Asturias, IDEPA.
In 2021, Efibat marketed around a thousand charging points for domestic use and public access and recently presented its charging solution for residential buildings, which simplifies and saves the collective installation of these infrastructures in Spain, where most citizens reside in vertical dwellings.
universal payment system
The founder CEO of Efibat, Cipriano Fernández, has indicated that they are preparing the expansion of their recharging points for electric vehicles with a universal payment system throughout the national geography, and even internationally.
Currently, their flagship product is a device to be able to pay at electric recharging points with any financial card, both contactless and with a magnetic stripe, since until now each energy provider had its own App.
This has affected that it is “unthinkable” that a person who travels to another region and has to recharge his electric vehicle, has to download three or four apps from different companies
For this reason, together with the companies Mastercard, Banco Sabadell and EDP, in November of last year they presented the universal payment system.
There are currently 15 to 20 charging points with this system in Asturias, but before the end of the year they hope to have 400 to 500 and by 2023 between 1,000 and 1,500 more. In the medium term, they also hope to reach other countries where EDP has a presence, such as Italy, France or Portugal.
In relation to this, he stressed that of the 20,000 electric vehicle recharging points in Spain today, it is expected that by 2030 there will be five million.
“It’s a safe bet,” Fernández has maintained, who has stressed that it depends on us that they are manufactured in Spain, and if it is in Gijón, even better.