OMV Petrom and Eldrive will install 30 fast charging stations for electric cars in OMV’s fuel distribution stations in Romania and Bulgaria. The implementation of the project will take about two years, the company said.
As a result of this initiative, Romania and Bulgaria will be connected by a 50 kW fast charging point infrastructure, located in the stations in the OMV network. Eldrive will install and be the operator of the charging points. The first two stations of this project were installed in Bulgaria, in Daskalovo (Struma highway) and Golyamokonarsko road (near Plovdiv) and already had the first customers.
“We believe that the future of mobility will involve a mix of fuels, conventional and alternative and, at the same time, economically and environmentally sustainable. When it comes to alternative solutions, for cars and light vehicles, short distances, electric cars can be a choice. For heavy vehicles and longer distance transport, we consider as potential CNG and LNG solutions, which have a higher energy efficiency and lower emissions. We are happy to offer our customers the opportunity to quickly charge their electric vehicles while benefiting from the other services offered at our gas stations,” said Radu Căprău, member of the OMV Petrom Management Board responsible for the Downstream Oil activity.
OMV Petrom is present in the fuel distribution market in Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria and Serbia, operating a network of 800 filling stations under the OMV and Petrom brands.
At the end of last year, approximately 400 charging stations for electric cars were installed in Romania, while the number of newly registered electric and hybrid vehicles in the first four months of 2020 represented 2.75% of the number of registered vehicles.
The Eldrive network has over 210 charging points in Bulgaria and Romania.