Hungarian oil and gas company MOL, along with the utility company E.ON will develop 40 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Romania after the joint NEXT-E project was selected by the European Commission on June 23 to receive a grant from the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), a press release informs.
The project will be co-funded with EUR 20 million, which is the biggest amount ever granted from CEF to E-Mobility development. This amount will cover up to 85 percent of costs each consortium member. All charging stations will be multi-standard i.e. they will provide the charging option to all existing as well as new electric vehicles.
Besides Romania, other five countries – Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia – will be part of NEXT-E project. Under the NEXT-E, the two consortium will install 222 standard fast charge stations (50 kW) and 30 ultra-fast charging stations (150-350 kW), creating an essential electrical vehicle charging infrastructure. The project duration is three years.
“This is just the beginning of the E-Mobility project. Besides being a business model for the future, it is also an initiative that has a strong connection with the efforts to protect the environment, a topic that is even more seriously considered in Romania,” Frank Hajdinjak, General Manager E.ON Romania stated.
The project will be implemented by a consortium of the Mol Group, the E.ON Group, HEP, PETROL, the BMW Group and the Hungarian Nissan subsidiary.
“Our goal is to provide the best services to people on the move, according to the MOL Group’s 2030 strategy,” Camelia Ene, Country Chairman & CEO MOL Romania, also said.
In Romania, E.ON Energie Romania will install 19 charging stations using EUR 1 million non-reimbursable EU funding, while 21 other charging stations will be installed by MOL Romania.
The charging stations will be installed at MOL gas stations and will cover three transport routes: Arad-Bucharest-Constanta, Sebes-Targu Mures-Iasi, and Suceava-Bucharest-Giurgiu.
The EU invests EUR 2.7 billion in 152 projects on the development of transport infrastructure in the EU.