Slovenian oil distributing company Petrol opened a new multi-standard EV charging infrastructure with a maximum power output of 350 kilowatts (kW) per charger in Novo Mesto, Slovenia.
“By expanding the network of charging stations in Petrol, we are pursuing our vision to become an integrated partner in the energy transition, offering an excellent user experience”, noted Jože Bajuk from Petrol’s Management Board.
The Mayor of Novo Mesto, Gregor Macedoni underlined that e-mobility is one of the key priorities of his municipality.
“Integrated and sustainable planning has become one of the central pillars of our efforts, also related to environmental protection. This is where we want to be a role model, as most of our transportation needs are driven by electricity if we use our own or share electric vehicles”, said Mr Macedoni and added, “the awareness about the importance of e-mobility has been growing among our citizens and the actual use has been increasing, which is why we want to provide electric car users with the most accessible infrastructure possible”.
In line with Slovenia’s national implementation frameworks and the EU Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive, Petrol deployed the multi-standard charging infrastructure for electric vehicles through the NEXT-e project. It is co-financed by the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) under the Connecting Europe Facility.
“The Next-e project is emblematic of what is a European project to decarbonise transport. Deployed over six EU Member States and covering four multimodal Corridors, it has been instrumental in boosting the electric vehicle recharging network in Europe. Heading towards a nearly zero-emission transport system in Europe is a compelling need that needs to be addressed right now”, emphasised Richard Ferrer, Head of Innovation and Alternative Fuels at CINEA.
Petrol’s international EV charging infrastructure network currently covers 260 EV charging stations in Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro but the company intends to add 1,300 more to its existing portfolio.