NEXT-E by MOL and E.ON Romania

NEXT-E project starts

E.ON and MOL will develop, in Romania, a national network of 40 electric vehicle loading stations. The investment, which will start this year and will end in 2020, will be backed by European funding and is part of a larger project called NEXT-E, which aims to develop a pan-European network of stations that will cross six countries.

The European Commission announced on June 23 that the NEXT-E project was selected to receive funds through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) with a recommended co-financing of 18.84 million euros, representing A grant to support the development of a charging network for electric vehicles.
Through the NEXT-E project, 222 standard fast-loading stations (50 kW) and 30 ultra-fast charging stations (150-350 kW) will be installed , thus creating an essential infrastructure for charging electric vehicles in the Czech Republic, Slovakia , Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia and Romania.

The project was selected from 152 transport projects, the initial number of projects being 349, with a total amount requested for CEF co-financing of 7.5 billion Euros.

40 fast-track electric vehicle charging stations will be installed in Romania. A number of 19 stations will be installed by E.ON Energie Romania , which will support this investment through a grant from European funds worth more than 1 million euros. Another 21 stations will be installed by MOL Romania.

Market research on e-mobility

The fast-loading stations will be located within the perimeter of the units of the MOL-operated fuel distribution network and will cover the important points on the route of three road transport routes: Arad-Bucharest-Constanta (IV pan-European corridor), Sebeş- Târgu Mureş-Iaşi and Suceava-Bucharest-Giurgiu (partly paneuropean IX).

A comprehensive market study on e-mobility will be carried out as part of the project, which will indicate the best strategy and the most cost-effective approaches to the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles and the provision of Services in order to boost the use of electric vehicles in the region, connecting Western European countries with those in the project's cohesion area and turning the driving of a car into a comfortable, 100% based electricity experience.

Detailed network plans and studies will be followed by a two-stage pilot project, which will include the installation of fast and ultra-fast chargers, which will result in a final plan for the regional implementation of electric vehicles and in a Staged plan. The project's activities started in 2017, with the launch of several-year-long activities, scheduled to end by December 31, 2020.

In parallel, apart from the NEXT-E project, E.ON Romania has already installed seven electric vehicle charging stations and started a program for completing its own fleet of zero emission cars. Three of them are functional at the E.ON headquarters in Iasi, Târgu Mureş and Bucharest, and the other four in Iasi, at the locations of a car dealer and the Technical University. At the same time, three VW electric vehicles have recently entered the company fleet.

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