Monthly subscription for charging electric vehicles will be available starting March 19

Anca Alexe 06/03/2018 | 14:59

Owners of electric vehicles in Romania will be able to charge them using a fixed subscription, adding the charging fee based on the power the car can access at the station and the time it is connected for charging, according to data from Renovatio e-charge, the first network based on fast charging solutions dedicated to all users of electric vehicles in Romania.

A charging service fee system that is split in three categories will be available for electric car owners.

The base subscription is called Start, its tariff is zero, but there are separate station charging costs between RON 0.0074/minute for vehicles that charge at a power of up to 4 kW, and RON 1.6/minute for those with a charging power higher than 22 kW.

The Entry subscription will cost RON 99 per month, with a minimum contractual period of 12 months, and targets those who regularly use the e-charge network for both normal and fast charging. In addition to the monthly subscription, users will also have to pay the actual charging which varies between RON 0.0039/minute and RON 0.88/minute.

The Fast subscription costs RON 220/month and also has a minimum period of 12 months, and is mostly dedicated to those who frequently use the Renovatio e-charge network and for whom the reduced charging time offered by their fast charging solutions are very important. In this case, the charging fees are the lowest and are between RON 0.0018/minute and RON 0.4/minute, depending on the vehicle’s charging power.

All the fees available for the monthly subscriptions do not include the RON 249 tax to activate the Renovatio e-charge card, and each card will be attributed to a single vehicle and will be non-transmittable.

The representatives of the e-charge network say that a contract is needed for all types of subscriptions. For the Start version, card payments will be available starting in the second half of 2018.

Renovatio e-charge is the first network based on fast charging solutions dedicated to all users of electric vehicles in Romania. The network will have at least 50 Fast Charge points, ensuring electric mobility in large cities and along pan-European corridors that cross Romania.

According to the Association of Producers and Importers of Cars (APIA), in 2017 there were 2,811 new electric and hybrid cars sold in Romania, an increase of 136.7 percent from the previous year, and their share in the total sale of cars reached 2.2 percent. 514 of the total were fully electric cars and 2,297 were hybrids.

APIA data shows that at January 30, 2018, the country in Europe with the highest share of fully electric vehicles is Norway, with 39.3 percent. The next countries in the ranking have a far lower share: UK with 1.9 percent, France (1.7 percent), Germany (1.6 percent), Spain (1.1 percent) and Italy (0.2 percent).

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