Hrvatski Telekom and Kaufland Croatia installed two fast electric vehicle charging stations within the project ‘Comprehensive fast-charging corridor network in South East Europe.’ The launch of these two electric charging stations marks the start of the project co-financed by the European Union. As many as 69 fast and four ultra-fast e-chargers will be opened at a total of 31 locations on corridors across Croatia and Romania as part of the project.
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It is estimated that the e-mobility industry will be worth EUR 5 billion at the European Union level alone in 2020, and will create at least 700,000 new jobs by 2025. The Croatian project alone plans the installation of 16 fast and one ultra-fast charging station on at least six locations. The planned locations are shopping centers, gas stations and similar facilities with easy access to the motorways, and the first project partner is Kaufland Croatia.
“There are more and more users of electric vehicles in Croatia, and tourists as well, who want a fast and accessible charging service for their vehicles wherever they go. Hrvatski Telekom operates more than 50 percent of e-chargers in Croatia, whose use has increased by 100 percent in the past year alone. With this project, our largest regional network of publicly available e-chargers Puni.hr is expanding to the international level, with the goal of creating a complete digital platform for connecting various ICT services and solutions, such as smart parking and connected vehicles.