OMV Petrom, one of the largest energy companies in South-Eastern Europe and Eldrive, the leading charging points operator in the region, will install 30 fast-charging stations for electric vehicles in OMV branded filling stations in Romania and Bulgaria.
As a result of this initiative, Romania and Bulgaria will be connected through an infrastructure of 50 kilowatts (kW) fast-charging points located conveniently in the OMV branded filling stations. Eldrive will be the installer and operator of the charging points. The first two stations of this project were already been installed in Bulgaria, in Daskalovo and Golyamokonarsko road (near Plovdiv), and have welcomed their first clients.
“We believe that the future of mobility will entail a mix of fuels, conventional and alternative, that are both environmentally and economically sustainable,” said Radu Căprău, member of OMV Petrom Executive Board responsible for Downstream Oil. “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 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.”
The new charging stations network will allow drivers to charge up to 80 per cent of the electric vehicles’ battery in approximately 40 minutes, for a charging cycle.
“This partnership is a crucial step for the development of our charging network, as well as for the electric mobility in the region,” added Stefan Spassov, CEO of Eldrive. “The new charging stations will allow the owners of electric vehicles to travel without worries in Bulgaria, Romania and between the two countries.”
At the end of last year, in Romania, there were approximately 400 charging stations for electric cars, while the number of new registered electric and hybrid vehicles in the first four months of 2020 represented 2.75 per cent of the total new registered vehicles.