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Eleport unveils largest charging hub in CEE

Eleport, a developer of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, has launched the largest EV charging hub in Central and Eastern Europe. The 20 charging stations installed during the first phase of the project, capable of servicing up to 40 electric vehicles simultaneously, were launched in the very centre of Kaunas, in front of the Akropolis shopping centre. According to the company’s press statement, this marks the first phase of an ambitious project, with an additional 20 stations planned, culminating in a 1 million euro investment.

Eleport“The new charging hub is notable not only for its size but also for its strategic location and capacity to meet the growing demand for EV infrastructure,” said Kazys Pupinis, Head of Eleport in Lithuania and the Baltic States. “Given the rapid increase in EV adoption and the high traffic at Kaunas Akropolis, we anticipate that our current capacity will be fully utilised within five to six years. Our expansion plans aim to ensure seamless and convenient access to charging facilities for both residents and visitors, making this hub a benchmark for quality and convenience.”

EU Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius emphasised the project’s potential to accelerate EV adoption in Lithuania.

“The EV community in Lithuania is growing, with a 50 per cent increase in electric cars over the past two years,” he said. “However, it’s still a niche market. Projects like this one by Eleport are crucial in encouraging more people to switch to electric vehicles. This requires a concerted effort from both businesses and the state. I am hopeful that we will see a significant rise in EV purchases, eventually surpassing those of internal combustion engine vehicles.”

The Kaunas Akropolis hub, featuring 12 DC and 8 AC chargers in its initial phase, addresses a critical shortage of public charging stations in Kaunas. Upon completion of the second phase, the hub will accommodate up to 80 EVs simultaneously, with a total charging capacity exceeding 3 megawatts (MW). The chargers are compatible with all EV brands, utilizing CHAdeMO and CCS connectors for fast charging and Type2 connectors for medium-speed charging.

“As a major attraction located at one of the city’s main transport arteries, Kaunas Akropolis is an ideal site for this significant project,” added Brigita Kuodytė, Manager of Kaunas Akropolis. “The hub not only meets the rising demand for EV infrastructure but also supports the city’s green transformation by reducing pollution and noise.”

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