Between 2019 and 2023, Enel X Romania will invest EUR 15-20 million in the installation of around 2,500 charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) in every region of the country, the big cities and the main highways, a subsidiary of Enel X, the Enel Group’s advanced energy services division, has announced.
According to available data, Romania now has 47 charging stations, but in June Minister of Energy Anton Anton said that the country intends to install 200,000 EV charging stations in the next four years.
Next year, the first 300 charging points will be installed in Bucharest, Timisoara, and Constanta, while arrangements are also being made for the possible adaptation of the coverage and distribution of the charging network for corporate fleets, Enel X said on its website.
Enel X is building a network of partnerships in Romania, with shopping malls, supermarkets, restaurants and hotels interested in offering charging stations to those clients that value environmental sustainability and new technology, the company said, adding that a similar service will be offered to local administrations that want to encourage their residents to switch to e-mobility in order to improve the quality of their cities.
The company will secure to its partners the installation and maintenance of the charging network at no cost in public parking areas.
The infrastructure set for installation in Romania from 2019 is based on the latest generation technology developed by Enel X. The turnkey solutions consist of the Quick Station (22 kW), Fast (50 kW) and Ultrafast (150 kW). The entire product range of the Juice family will be presented in Bucharest, with particular emphasis on the latest arrivals: JuicePole, JuiceBox, and JuiceLamp.
2.5% of cars on Romania’s roads powered by electric motors
“Enel X Romania is focusing its commitment on providing EVs owners and company fleets with the possibility to travel all over the country, from east to west, north to south, without having to worry about where to find the next charging station. This ambitious project, which also involves the development of widespread public charging infrastructure over the next five years, will enable clean, sustainable transportation throughout Romania,” Marius Chiriac, Head of Enel X Romania, said.
According to Enel X, 2.5% of cars on Romania’s roads are powered by electric motors. The Romanian government is offering incentives of EUR 10,000 to encourage drivers to choose an e-vehicle.
Romanians are expected to buy 2,000 electric cars in 2018 through the Rabla Plus subsidy program.