EVconnect, one of the largest EV charging networks in Romania, will exceed 500 electric vehicle charging stations available to the owners of electric and plug-in hybrid cars by the end of 2023. Following that, until 2025 the network should include at least 3,000 electric car charging stations.
The EVconnect network exceeded, in 2023, the number of 300 public charging stations. The development of the charging infrastructure was carried out only from its own financing sources.
Last year, 166,244 charging sessions were recorded in the EVconnect network, totaling 2.37 Gwh, which represents a reduction of the CO2 footprint by 1,989 tons. More than 10,000 users have charged their cars constantly, from the 23,000 EVconnect users.
One of the biggest challenges for maintaining the good operation of the stations is often given by the instability of the electrical networks, the constant voltage fluctuations, and the outdated electrical network or insufficient power capacities, especially in the central urban areas.
New charging stations will be inaugurated this year to reach 500 public EVconnect stations in Romania, both in the main cities and in transit or isolated areas, including:
- Bucharest: 20 new charging stations
- Cluj: 5 new charging stations
- Brasov: 8 new charging stations
- Constanta: 4 new charging stations
- Baia Mare: 9 new charging stations
EVconnect charging stations are manufactured in Europe and have powers of up to 400 kW. In addition to the remote management of the stations, there is a young, dynamic, dedicated team of technicians, which covers the entire country and which can move in a short time to the locations where a problem occurs, including providing 24-hour technical support service for partners and subscribers.
EVconnect sells, on the Romanian market, only electric charging stations manufactured in Europe. The charging stations have from 3.7 kW to 400 kW and can be used for private or public use. In addition to the supply of electrical stations, the company offers services and training courses for the easy operation and maintenance of charging solutions.
“Our mission is to contribute to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by increasing the accessibility of charging electric cars. For this reason, our focus has turned both towards the development of our own network, but also towards the supply of charging equipment according to the specifications desired by the client. In Romania, at least 39% of electricity is obtained from renewable sources. Thus, the emissions produced to set electric cars in motion are minuscule even compared to the newest cars on the market with internal combustion engines. This is the reason European countries announce plans to ban the sale of vehicles with internal combustion engines”, said Mihai Dragos Ciobanu, EVconnect CEO.
The EVconnect charging station network was among the first networks in Romania, since 2014. The EVconnect project was born from the desire to actively participate in the adoption of electromobility and involvement in sustainable projects, aimed at improving the life and future of the next generations in Romania, in a period when few were interested in this subject. The rapid pace of development was due to a proactive team, but also to the strategic partnerships the company had over time.
The EVconnect network stations are in Bucharest, Cluj, Constanta, Iasi, Brasov, Oradea, Alba Iulia, Tulcea, Arad, Timisoara, Botosani, but also in Intorsura Buzaului, Gura Humorului, Campulung Moldovenesc, Ciucea, Colibita and in many other areas of the country.
Where are the public EVconnect stations located in Romania
EVconnect electric vehicle charging stations are located in shopping centers (Cora, AFI, Shopping City, Iulius Mall, Palas Mall, Veranda Mall, etc.), at car dealers (Dacia, Renault, Casa Auto, etc.) and in key locations in the big cities in Romania.
At a 50 kW fast charging station, most electric cars charge in 45-60 minutes. The company’s goal is to expand the network by installing electric charging stations of 60 KW and more powerful, thus ensuring charging in the shortest time, but also of AC stations of 7-22 KW to create an urban capillarity, necessary for daily charging.
- Free – where possible, loading will remain free as long as the costs are covered together with partners; From 2014 until now, EVconnect has provided free charging of over 5 GWh in its network, thus actively participating in the increase of interest in electromobility, today being one of the few operators that still supports free charging sessions.
- AC rate: 1.89 lei / charging unit. A charging unit is equivalent to a kWh. (minimum 5 lei / charging session);
- DC tariff: 2.32 lei / charging unit. A charging unit is equivalent to a kWh. (minimum 5 lei / charging session);
- The price of a subscription to the EVconnect network is 119 lei with VAT/month and includes 80 charging units (kWh) included. After exhausting the amount of kWh, standard rates will apply. Each subscription type comes with an RFID card. Details at email@example.com.
Together with Procredit, there is also an integrated service developed for the beneficiaries of “green credits” through which the bank’s customers can enjoy free recharges in the EVconnect network.