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ORLEN Unipetrol and ČEZ expand EV charging stations

The Czech Republic’s largest refinery and petrochemical company ORLEN Unipetrol Group is expanding the offer of its Benzina ORLEN network with electricity from fast-charging stations which can recharge e-car batteries with zero-emission electricity in tens of minutes.

In addition, Benzina ORLEN offers eco-friendly energy in collaboration with utility group ČEZ. The latest fast-charging station, in Jihlava, is the 30th ČEZ station for charging e-cars in the white-and-red network. Last year, drivers charged up with as much energy as would enable 40 trips around the world.

“At Benzina ORLEN stations, we want to offer the broadest portfolio of products and services,” said Tomasz Wiatrak, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the ORLEN Unipetrol Group, which also includes the Benzina ORLEN network. “In addition to traditional fuels, we offer alternative fuels, LPG and CNG. And, in cooperation with external partners, we are gradually expanding our electricity offer, which currently stands at 38 locations countrywide. In total, there are 62 charging stations at our outlets where almost 100 cars can be charged at the same time. With the parent ORLEN Unipetrol Group, we are also active in the development of hydrogen electromobility. It will complement the existing battery-based electromobility by opening the first public hydrogen refuelling stations in the Czech Republic in Prague-Barrandov and Litvínov.”

“The coming years in the Czech Republic will be characterised by the rapid development of electromobility,” added Pavel Cyrani, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors at ČEZ. “The demand of tens of thousands of new electric cars for fast charging will be covered only by building hundreds of new charging stations. As the market leader, ČEZ is not shirking its responsibility and wants to expand its existing network of 300 public charging stations to more than 800 in five years. We believe that our continued successful collaboration with Benzina ORLEN will also help us reach this objective.”

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