Enefit Volt, the largest provider of electric vehicle charging solutions in Estonia, will receive 2 million euros of financial support from the CEF (Connecting Europe Facility) to expand its charging network in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.
Operating nearly 200 public chargers in Estonia, Enefit Volt has begun preparations to provide charging services in other domestic markets. With the support of the CEF, a total of 40 chargers with a capacity of at least 150 kilowatts (kW) will be available at 20 locations spanning four countries by the end of the next year. Depending on the vehicle, charging up to a 100 kilometres range will be possible in just a few minutes.
According to Kert Pääbo, Business Development Manager at Enefit Volt, the EU co-funding will speed up the development of a fast, high-quality and accessible electric vehicle charging network and provide the conditions for a breakthrough in clean transportation.
“The rapid development of the public charging network is Enefit Volt’s direct response to concerns customers have about charging solutions,” he said. “Studies show that, regardless of the country, the availability of chargers has emerged as one of the main barriers to the breakthrough in clean transportation. Our goal is to remove this barrier and create all the conditions necessary for customers to charge their electric car conveniently and with sustainable energy.”
With CEF support, Enefit Volt will build charging points on the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) route from Tallinn to Krakow in southern Poland, thereby covering Riga, Vilnius and Warsaw, among others. The request for funding was approved by the ministries of all four of the involved countries.
“To meet the European Union’s ambitious climate targets, the green transition of transportation is inevitable and the support to accelerate it is necessary. To ensure the greatest possible positive impact, we will locate the new charging stations where customers need them most,” continued Mr Pääbo. “We want the charging experience to be seamless and for people to be able to charge at the places where they make their usual stops. This is why co-operation with partners is key.”
The Enefit Volt public charging network includes nearly 200 chargers in Estonia, but the aim is to expand the service to Latvia, Lithuania and Poland and in the coming years to increase the number of chargers to over 1000.