The NEXT-E consortium, which includes E.ON Romania, will receive 18.84 million euros under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) to build 252 fast and ultra-fast electric vehicle charging stations in Central and Eastern Europe, including Romania, according to a press statement released by E.ON on Thursday.
The network will comprise 222 multi-standard (50 kW) and 30 ultra-fast (150-350 kW) charging stations for electric vehicles along the main European transport corridors and the trans-European transport network (TEN-T ), and it will connect six countries in Central and Eastern Europe on main routes: the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia and Romania.
The financing agreement with the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) was initialled in Tallinn on Thursday by NEXT-E partners as part of Digital Transport Days, and the move marks a milestone in extending e-mobility to member countries and in the future of transport at European level.
The NEXT-E project was selected by the European Commission in July 2017 for co-financing under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).
According to the statement, the NEXT-E consortium will receive EUR 18.84 million to implement the project, making this the largest CEF-funded project for electric vehicles.
The NEXT-E project involves the co-operation of four top performing companies in the electricity, oil and natural gas sectors that have joined forces with car manufacturers to create an interoperable network of electric vehicle charging stations as a viable alternative to motor vehicles equipped with internal combustion engines.