With additional 14 brand new electric chargers, Hungary’s integrated, international oil and gas company MOL now operates 75 charger stations across the country, 7 of which are fast, 62 are high-power lightning and 6 are ultra-fast, meaning the vast majority can recharge the batteries of an average electric car in just half an hour.
MOL’s electric charging network has been constantly expanding since 2012. In addition, MOL – together with its consortium partners – is establishing a regional network in 6 neighbouring countries (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary and Romania) within the framework of the NEXT-E project supported by the European Union. The NEXT-E project represents a unique cooperation of four leading companies from the electricity and oil and gas sectors joining forces with OEMs (car manufacturers) to create interoperable and non-discriminatory EV charging network, as a viable alternative to the combustion engine vehicles. Thanks to this cooperation, together with the soon-to-be-completed project, MOL and its subsidiaries are going to have 161 electric chargers in operation in the region and by the end of 2021, the company plans to install an additional 12 electric chargers as well.
“Our network consists of 161 electric chargers in the region, most of which we have managed to implement with the support of the European Union,” said Róbert Tóth-Fekete, Head of Alternative Fuels at MOL Group. “However, the developments will not be completed after the end of the NEXT-E project: according to our plans, by the end of 2021 we will have at least one electric charger at 10 per cent – which means 200 stations – of our refilling stations in the region.”
To make it more comfortable to use, MOL even has an application called Plugee, which has had approximately 5,000 users since its launch last year. The most attractive feature of the app that it has enabled a long-awaited payment solution that takes into account the cars’ ability to absorb electricity, adapting to the needs of those with an electric car.