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Croatia's HEP puts into operation 100th EV charging station

Author Iskra Pavlova
Croatia's HEP puts into operation 100th EV charging station Croatia's HEP installs 100th EV charging station, Photo: HEP

ZAGREB (Croatia), November 8 (SeeNews) - Croatian state-owned energy utility HEP said it put into operation on Friday an ELEN electric vehicle charging station in the capital Zagreb, its 100th in the country.

"By putting into operation its 100th electric vehicle charging station, HEP is confirming it is a key player in Croatia's transport electrification, which has been carried out in line with the guidelines of the Croatian government and the European Union policies," the head of HEP, Frane Barbaric, said in a statement.

At present, HEP has completed just half of the electric vehicle infrastructure it plans to develop worth an overall 60 million kuna ($8.9 million/8.1 million euro), Barbaric said.

HEP has so far installed 10 ELEN stations in Zagreb, the installation of another six is underway, while the location of a further 20 is being determined.

At the moment, the ELEN network covers all motorways and other important roads in Croatia, as well as city centres and tourist areas, including many Adriatic islands, the statement said.

HEP started installing EV charging stations under the ELEN brand in the beginning of 2015, as part of an eMobilnost project that is being implemented in line with the EU energy strategy and is co-financed by EU funds.

HEP plans to have an EV charging station installed on every 50 kilomentres of motorways across the country by 2020, as well as in all areas with more than 20,000 citizens, and in all sea ports, airports and railway and coach stations.

(1 euro = 7.43524 kuna)