Hungary in rollout of EV fast chargers

The emobility market in Hungary is growing and in response the country’s state utility is rolling out a charging network.

NKM Mobilitas, a subsidiary of National Utilities, has ordered 12 Veefil-RT 50kW DC fast chargers from EV charging technology company Tritium.The emobility market in Hungary is growing and in response the country's state utility is rolling out a charging network.

The dozen fast chargers are part of a larger rollout of NKM’s electric car charging network which has a target to install 100 e-chargers across the country by the end of this year.

While the EV market in Hungary is currently small, only making up approximately 6000 of the 3.8 million cars on the country’s roads, it is growing rapidly, with EV sales representing 5.1 per cent of all new car sales in the first quarter of 2018.

Owners of electric cars are supported by subsidiaries and incentives from the Hungarian government, including grants of up to 5000 euros, free car registration and reduced or free parking.

NKM Mobilitas managing director Szabolsc Balogh said: “We want to establish a network covering the whole country. Although today, it is mainly companies that are buying electric cars, 80-85 per cent of the charging takes place in homes or underground parking garages. Only approximately five percent of charging points are located on autoroutes or motorways with the rest in public areas.”

Tritium is headquartered in Brisbane, Australia, and recently opened a European centre in Amsterdam. European sales manager Jeroen Jonker said that “fast charging corridors are essential for the EV market to really take off”.

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