The Estonian Enefit Volt will start the construction of an EV (electric vehicle) charging network covering Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, the company announced on Wednesday (26 April).
Over the next two years, Enefit Volt plans to install more than 1,000 new public chargers for electric cars across the four countries, which is expected to position the company as one of the largest charging service providers in the region.
The lack of public charging stations is a bigger problem for people than car prices as the costs of owning an EV compared to a combustion engine car continue to converge, according to the company’s surveys and customer feedback reports.
“Clean transport will only be possible if there are charging stations suitable for all-electric cars, the service is easy and convenient to use, and people can choose between chargers of different speeds,” said Kert Pääbo, the Business Development Manager of Enefit Volt. “Enefit Volt aims to develop the public charging network based on these principles, offering its customers an equally high-quality service in four countries.”
The Enefit Volt network currently includes nearly 200 chargers, and the number will grow significantly in the coming years. Depending on the location, chargers with a capacity of 22 kW to 600 kW will be added to the network, the company said.
“Cooperation with shopping centres, stores, accommodation establishments and other companies at which people expect chargers, is essential to the development of the network,” said Mr Pääbo. “Very soon, customers will prefer companies that are able to offer fast and convenient charging for electric cars alongside their main business activity.”
The company is ready to cover a significant portion of the investment to create the charging capability. “Every shopping centre, hotel, grocery store, parking garage and any other establishment that hosts people can ensure their readiness for an electric future when working with us” Mr Pääbo highlighted. “I encourage companies to contact us so together we can find the best charging solution for our customers.”
To enhance the ease of use of the charging service, all new chargers will have the option of card payment. Customers will also have the option of a one-time payment through a web link, which can be used at existing chargers, Enefit Volt said.