Man on a wheelchair beside a charging station

Beyond barriers

Enel X Way's commitment to creating and sharing inclusive, accessible mobility solutions for all

Published on: December 3, 2022

There can be no such thing as a genuine mobility revolution if it’s not truly accessible to everyone. It’s for this very reason that we devise and develop solutions that meet all mobility needs, so that even people with disabilities or reduced mobility can easily and independently take advantage of the opportunities offered by modern e-mobility solutions, starting with charging infrastructure. In this way we are driving mobility that’s ever more inclusive.


Indeed, electric vehicle charging infrastructure can now also be used for charging electric wheelchairs, thanks to our JuiceAbility device that was developed in collaboration with the Avanchair startup: it’s a charging cable which utilizes the same infrastructure that’s used for charging electric cars.


Users will be able to avail themselves of our charging points using the 3A socket, designed for motorcycles and microcars, or the type 2 socket (in the new version), designed for electric cars, to recharge their wheelchair while they’re away from home. To this end, they will also be able to book the charging points via the dedicated apps, such as our JuicePass.


And when it comes to designing charging points for electric cars, it’s important that we also consider the needs of drivers and passengers with reduced mobility. It is for this reason that our infrastructure has been redesigned in collaboration with A.N.G.L.A.T. (the national association for providing guidance to transportation legislation for people with disabilities) to incorporate an inclusive system called Universal Design. This consists of parking bays with an additional maneuvering area highlighted by black and white striped markings on the ground, and which also include protective bollards to shield the infrastructure from accidental impacts.

Although it’s an initiative that’s been developed by us, we would like to see the Universal Design bays benefit everyone, from public administrative bodies to other companies in our sector. For this reason we are making the intellectual properties of the projects accessible by allowing anyone to download our guidelines directly from our website.

A truly sustainable future can never be realized without inclusive business models and solutions, as the UN outlined in Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 10, “Reduced inequality.”

Download the Universal Design project guidelines