E.ON has partnered with MOL, a producer and distributor of fuel, in a plan to open a regional partnership of 40 electric vehicle charging stations in Romania by the end of 2020.
The partnership is to use funds received through the mechanism for interconnection of Europe, NEXT-E, and is approved by the European Commission.
NEXT-E was selected to receive funds through the mechanism for Europe interconnection with co-financing of EUR18.84m to support the development of a charging network of electrical cars.
NEXT-E is made up of a consortium of the subsidiaries of the German group E.ON from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania, and six subsidiaries of MOL, Hrvaska elekropriveda of Croatia, PETROL of Slovenia and Croatia,, Nissan and BMW.
The project is to oversee the installation of 222 rapid charging stations (50 kW) and 30 ultraspeed charging (150-350 kW) stations, creating an essential infrastructure for the charging of electrical cars in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia and Romania.
40 rapid charging stations are set for Romania alone, of which 19 will be installed by E.ON Energie Romania and 21 by MOL Romania.
‘The rapid charging stations will be placed on the premises of the MOL filling stations and will cover the important points on the route of three roads Arad-Bucuresti-Constanta (the IV Pan European corridor) Sebes –Targu Mures –Iasi and Suceava –Bucuresti –Giurgiu ( partially IX Pan European corridor) MOL said.
Data produced by the Association of Producers and Importers of Cars (APIA) show that the number of hybrid and electrical cars bought by Romanians in the first five months of this year increased by 185 per cent against the similar period of last year.
Previously Kaufland announced in August 2016 that they will have a network of 12 charging points in Romania by the end of this year, while Electrica inaugurated the first charging station for electrical cars in a filling station in Romania last year.
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