The NEXT-E project is a major landmark in the implementation of MOL Group’s long-term strategy
MOL and partners of the NEXT-E consortium has entered into a grant agreement with INEA to enable the building of a charging network for EVs across six countries in Central and Eastern Europe: The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia and Romania.
The European Commission selected the NEXT-E project for co-financing through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). EUR 18.84 million was granted to the NEXT-E consortium which is the largest CEF grant ever awarded to an EV project.
NEXT-E project is a unique partnership of leading companies in the electricity and fuel sectors, as well as OEMs, who joined forces to create a charging network for electric vehicles along the main transport routes in Central and Eastern Europe.
The consortium, within the framework of this project, will install 222 multi-standard fast chargers (50 kW) and 30 ultra-chargers (150-350 kW) along the TEN-T corridors. MOL Group’s service stations in all six participating countries, will have the major part of the chargers.
EV charger deployments are presently scattered and often uncoordinated, posing a risk of overlaps or gaps in the network. To create a continuous and cost-effective network, the NEXT-E project was launched, that would ensure the ability for long-distance and cross-border driving and ensure interoperability to the West and create a one fully connected network.
Herald Ruijters, Director, DG MOVE, Directorate B - Investment, Innovative & Sustainable Transport, European Commission, said “Next-E is politically an essential innovation project, which took great efforts from industry and encouragement and support from the European Commission side to take place. In addition, the close collaboration with other neighbouring projects is evident, emphasizing the maximizing European impact and dimension of the core network corridor policy. The objective of our policy is to finally allow citizens to travel with alternatively fueled vehicles across the entire EU.”
“I am proud that the EU and INEA will support a project that will kick off e-mobility in Central-Eastern Europe.,” said Dirk Beckers, Director of the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA). With 252 electric charging points, 30 of which with very high capacity, the EU's core transport network will gain cross-border interoperability and a more open market for the benefit of consumers.”
In order to prepare for the arrival of a new generation of long-distance EVs, the deployment of fast chargers is anticipated to commence in 2018, while the installation of the ultra-chargers is planned for 2019. By the end of 2020, the full deployment is expected to be concluded. PWKD14112017
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