OMV petrom the largest energy company in South-Eastern Europe and Eldrive, the leading charging points operator in the region, plans to install 30 charging points for EVs in Romania and Bulgaria, the project will be implemented in the next 2 years. The first two units in the project have already been installed and commissioned in Bulgaria, in Daskalovo (Struma Highway) and Golyamokonarsko road (near Plovdiv).
According to OMV’s press release, as a result of this initiative, Romania and Bulgaria will be connected through an infrastructure of 50 kW fast-charging points located in the OMV stations.The new network will allow drivers to charge up to 80% of their electric vehicle’s battery in approximately 40 minutes.
Three years ago, OMV Petrom was the first energy company in Romania to install, as part of a pilot project, a fast-charging point for electric vehicles at an OMV-branded filling station. OMV Petrom is present on the fuel distribution market in Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria and Serbia, operating a network of 800 filling stations under OMV and Petrom brands.
“We believe that the future of mobility will entail a mix of fuels, conventional and alternative, that are both environmentally and economically sustainable. Regarding alternative solutions, for passenger cars and light-duty vehicles, on short distance transport, electric cars can be a choice. For heavy-duty applications and long distance transport, we consider as potential solutions CNG and LNG, due to a higher energy efficiency and lower emissions. We are pleased to offer our customers the opportunity to quickly charge electric vehicles while receiving other services offered in our filling stations”, said Radu Căprău, member of OMV Petrom Executive Board responsible for Downstream Oil.
Stefan Spassov, CEO of Eldrive also had this to say
“This partnership is a crucial step for the development of our charging network, as well as for the electric mobility in the region. The new charging stations will allow the owners of electric vehicles to travel without worries in Bulgaria, Romania and between the two countries. We are very proud that Eldrive is not only the largest EV charging network in the region, but one of the largest networks in SEE as well. The partnership with OMV Petrom is a big recognition for us and we very much look forward to executing the project”
At the end of last year, there were approximately 400 charging stations for electric cars in Romania, while newly registered electric and hybrid vehicles represented 2.75% of the total in the first four months of 2020 in the country. The Eldrive charging network has more than 210 charging points in Bulgaria and Romania. It operates via the smartphone app Eldrive.