MOL Romania opened the first charging station for electric cars, placed in the gas station located in the Nicolae Caramfil area in Bucharest. The car supply at the electrical charging station is made by 50 kW AC and DC, thus the station being compatible with any kind of cars sold in Europe and Asia, either electric or hybrid cars. Two cars can be simultaneously fed by the station, depending on the model; 80% of the capacity of the electric car battery can be charged in only 20 minutes.
“The first charging station for electric cars that we opened in Bucharest is an initiative which is part of the long-term strategy of the company to become a complete supplier of mobility solutions. Answering to the dynamics of the market and of the changes in the consumers’ behavior, MOL will transform its retail operations in a service platform for consumers in order to answer to their various needs” stated Camelia Ene, CEO and Country Chairman at MOL Romania.
Opening the first MOL charging station for electric cars is part of the long-term strategy called “Grupul MOL 2030” (“The MOL Group 2030” – e.n.), aiming, among others, to transform the “traditional” fuel selling operations of the company into the main supplier of mobility solutions.
Another component of this strategy is the MOL partnership within the NEXT-E consortium, aiming to build a charging network for electric cars in six countries of the Central and Eastern Europe. Through the NEXT-E project, 222 fast charging standard stations (50 kW) and 30 ultra-fast charging stations (150-350 kW) will be installed, thus creating an essential infrastructure for charging electric cars in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia and Romania. The following electrical charging stations in the MOL Romania network will be the ones opened under the NEXT-E project; by the end of 2018, 14 electrical charging stations will be opened by MOL.