The European Commission awarded the co-funding to the NEXT-E project late last week, participated by Hrvatska elektroprivreda as part of the international consortium of energy companies from six central European countries.
During the overall project duration of three years, the EU participates with 85% of co-funding for covering the costs of each consortium member with EUR 20 million in total, which is the biggest CEF (Connecting Europe Facility) amount ever granted to e-mobility development.
As part of the project, HEP will set up a total of 30 new charging stations – 26 fast ones (minimum capacity of 50 kW) and 4 cutting-edge ultra-fast charging stations (minimum capacity of 150 kW) along the Goričan - Rijeka, Zagreb-Split and Bregana – Lipovac motorways.
All charging stations will be multi-standard i.e. they will provide the charging option to all existing as well as new electric vehicles. The existing and new charging stations will form a single HEP network i.e. the public electric vehicle charging infrastructure. The setting up of a total of 252 charging stations (222 fast and 30 ultra-fast ones) in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia and Romania is foreseen under the NEXT-E project.
HEP's participation in the NEXT-E project is its large international step forward in cooperation with respectable energy companies in Europe in terms of not only the acquisition of experience from already developed e-mobility markets, but also the creation of new and innovative business models.