The biggest energy company in Central and Eastern Europe, PKN ORLEN has announced the development of a network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Europe – including Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland. By 2026, 434 EV charging stations will be launched in Germany. Whilst the ORLEN Group already has 470 points in Poland, with 63 locations in Germany and the Czech Republic.
“We consistently implement the goals set out in our strategy and support the development of e-mobility,” said Daniel Obajtek, President of the Management Board of PKN ORLEN. “We also respond to the expectations that both the market and our customers place before us. That is why we are planning further development of charging stations. of which we will have at least 1,000 in our country by the end of the decade. Our development plans in the electro-mobility sector also include the construction of 434 such facilities, i.e. as many as 868 charging points, in Germany, where as a Group we already have nearly 600 refuelling stations.”
PKN ORLEN has launched a request for proposals for the implementation of a feasibility study on multi-station EV charging stations. The tender is open to all companies that meet the formal requirements. In particular, in the coming months, the company will be seeking services in technical consultancy, execution of construction works and delivery of equipment.
The ORLEN Group already has 470 EV charging stations in Poland. At present, the predominant type of charging stations on the Polish market are devices using alternating current (AC) with low power. The Group will be expanding its services by using direct current (DC) charging devices, which will strengthen its competitive advantage.
Currently, there are around 140 fast charging stations with a capacity of 50-150 kilowatts (kW) and 2 with a capacity of up to 50 kW across Poland. The chargers installed at ORLEN Group stations are equipped with DC connectors, for example, CHAdeMO, CCS and AC Type 2, supporting almost all types of electric cars available in the world. In Germany and the Czech Republic, there are 86 fast charging stations with a power of 50-150 kW and 8 with a normal power of up to 50 kW.
Last month, PKN ORLEN also announced the construction of three public stations for refuelling hydrogen vehicles in the Polish cities of Wałbrzych, Poznań and Katowice.