The European Union approved financial support for two projects for the construction of new chargers for EVs: Next-E and the partnership Telekom Croatia-Renovatio.
In July 2017, the European Commission has selected the NEXT-E project for co-financing through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). CEF is a key funding instrument developed specifically to direct investment into European transport, energy, and digital infrastructure.
Chargers will be installed along main highways, with a maximum distance of 150 km which will for the first time enable long-distance travel, powered 100% on electricity, across six Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) countries. Thus, during 2018 and 2019, 59 chargers will be built in Hungary, 58 in Croatia, 40 in Romania, 38 in the Czech Republic, 32 in Slovenia and 25 in Slovakia.
The NEXT-E project is implemented by electricity and oil companies MOL, E.ON, Power utility Hrvatska elektroprivreda (HEP), Petrol, and two automakers, Nissan and BMW. The total value of the grant is 18.84 million and is the largest grant ever given by the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility for any EV project. The deployment of fast chargers is expected to start in 2018, while the installation of the ultra-chargers is planned for 2019 in order to prepare for the arrival of a new generation of long-distance EV.The full deployment is expected to be concluded by the end of 2020.
Another project funded by the EU, amounting to 4.2 million EUR is the partnership Renovatio-Telekom Croatia, focusing on developing 53 rapid and 3 ultra-rapid charging stations for electrical vehicles. Telekom Croatia will supply the software platform for chargers and the gas stations in Romania will be opened under the name Renovatio e-charge.
First steps into the field has been already made in Romania. During January-October 2017, Romania percentage of ecological vehicles (electrical and hybrid) of total auto sales is 2%, with manufacturers such as Toyota, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Renault, Mitsubishi active on the market.
Moreover, the Romanian Environmental Fund Agency (Administratia Fondului pentru Mediu) has initiated two programs whereby an irredeemable amount of 45.000 EUR will be given to Companies willing to buy electrical vehicles.