NEXT-e Press release

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 The „electric highway” continues to expand in Romania, with 2 new EV charging stations in Suceava and Roman
  • The two EV charging stations join the already existing 5 stations opened by E.ON, in the cities of Iasi, Targu Frumos and Cristesti (Iasi County), respectively in Tasca (Neamt County) and  Adjud (Vrancea County)
  • Many charging events were recorded at the Iasi station, which became operational one month ago
  • By 2020, through the NEXT-E project, 40 fast-charging stations will be installed in Romania, of which 19 by E.ON and 21 by MOL
Bucharest, 28th March 2019 – today, during the TEN-T & CEF Conference, we inform that another important landmark was set, with two new EV fast-charging stations that were put into operation. These stations were deployed in Suceava and Roman by E.ON Energie Romania, thus bringing to 7 the number of the functional units installed by the company. The initiative is part of the NEXT-E project, co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility of the European Union, through which E.ON Energie Romania intends to install a total of 19 fast-charging stations for electric vehicles, while 21 will be installed by MOL, another partner in this project.

​“NEXT-E is an important project of the Connecting Europe Facility program which will significantly contribute to achieving the TEN-T objectives of supporting the construction of alternative fuel charging infrastructure across European Union. We are proud that the project was presented here today, at Bucharest, during the TEN-T conference and as part of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union” declared Herald Ruijters, Director, DG MOVE, Directorate B – Investment, Innovative & Sustainable Transport, European Commission.
Put into operation just one month ago, the EV charging station in Iasi recorded the biggest number of charging events (41), followed by the ones in Adjud  (27) and Targu Frumos (21). The two EV-charging stations in Suceava and Roman have a maximum capacity of 93 kW. Thus, the average time for charging an electric vehicle will be of 40minutes for 80% of the battery. Each station will have one fast charge station 2x50 kW (DC) + 1x43 kW (AC) installed. Each station will also have at least 2 parking spaces. By the end of next year, E.ON plans to implement the project on the route Iasi - Gheorghieni - Tg. Mureş, which will become an "electric highway" that all environmentally friendly car owners can benefit from, having the charging infrastructure along the entire route. Another "electric highway", which will link the city of Iasi to Bucharest, is currently being developed.

The Next-E pan-European network will include 6 different countries. 40 charging stations out of the total of 252 of the NEXT-R project will be deployed in Romania on the following routes: Suceava-Bacau-Calarasi, Constanta-Bucharest-Timisoara and Iasi- Tirgu Mures - Alba Iulia. With this initiative, the charging station infrastructure for electric vehicles for the European strategic road corridors (TEN-T Core network) will be completed with the charging station infrastructure for electric vehicles in Romania, facilitating low-CO2 road transport and reduced environmental impact.

The stations will be integrated into a backend system for monitoring and managing the charging sessions. This system provides 24-hour supervision of the chargers and has the possibility to remotely solve any incidents that may occur during charging. Additionally, any problems encountered at the charging stations can be notified 24/7 by telephone at an E.ON call centre.
The NEXT-E project will be represented in the “TEN-T & CEF Conference”, which takes place at the Parliament Palace in Bucharest, and will include indoor and outdoor exhibitions as well Electric Vehicles and fast chargers.

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About Next-E

As of July 2017, the NEXT-E project was selected by the European Commission for co-financing through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). The NEXT-E consortium will receive EUR 18.84 million to implement the project, this being the largest CEF funding for a project on electric vehicles. Within this framework, 222 fast multi-standard (50 kW) fast load stations and 30 ultra-fast (150-350 kW) load stations will be installed, by 2020, along the main European corridors and the trans-European transport network (TEN-T). As an absolute first, long distance travel, 100% based on electricity, will be possible in six Member States with links to neighbouring countries.

The project presents a unique partnership of leading companies in the electricity and oil & gas sectors, as well as OEMs, who joined forces to create an interoperable and non-discriminatory charging network for electric vehicles across the main TEN-T corridors in Central and Eastern Europe. The consortium consists of the E.ON Group companies (Západoslovenská energetika in Slovakia, E.ON Czech Republic, E.ON Hungary, E.ON Romania), MOL Group companies (represented via subsidiaries in all six participating countries), Hrvatska elektroprivreda in Croatia, PETROL (in Slovenia and Croatia), as well as Nissan and BMW.