Jan. 14, 2022 – There must be many more Croatian charging stations dotted around the country to meet EU standards, despite the fact that the purchase of electric cars in the bloc is still somewhat modest.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Darko Bicak writes, while the number of electric cars in some countries of the European Union has already reached an enviable level, the fact is that in most others it is modest to say the least. The main reason, along with the still relatively high purchase price, is the insufficient charging infrastructure for these vehicles across the block.

There are around 600 Croatian charging stations located across the country, suitable for around 2,000 electric cars. For those who are not in the know, this may seem like enough, because, in comparison, for the 2.8 million petrol and diesel motor vehicles registered in Croatia, we have 800 filling stations.

However, e-mobility technology is somewhat different and requires longer and more frequent charging times and, therefore, a denser network of charging stations, which in turn involves adjusting the electrical network of a country and its overall capabilities. This may soon be applied here in Croatia because, according to the Croatian National Association for e-Mobility Circuit, which is part of the European Association for Electromobility – AVERE, the new EU plan is that Member States are creating electric charging capacities at the level of 10% of the total fleet, which means that within the national framework we would theoretically need to have tens of thousands of Croatian charging stations which could theoretically serve 280 000 vehicles.

National goals

“For six months, we have been working hard on the new Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR), which is a European Union policy document that defines the use of alternative energy sources, to namely electric vehicles. The difference between the previous directive and the new regulation is that this regulation is mandatory and the directive only serves as advice to the Member States. We are currently working on regulations that will force Croatia to follow these new rules. With the arrival of these regulations, we can expect even more super fast vehicle chargers, not only for personal transport, but also for truck traffic on the section from Varazdin to Rijeka and Zagreb to Ljubljana in Slovenia,” explained Hrvoje Prpic. , President of the Circuit.

He added that the new AFIR regulations significantly better define the publicly accessible infrastructure for charging electric vehicles and, more importantly, the regulations aim to ensure the simplest possible increase in the number of charging stations in the European Union. AVERE’s proposal is that each EU country installs enough infrastructure for at least 10% of the total number of vehicles registered in the country, which in Croatia, for example, would be much more infrastructure than which is currently needed for the current number of vehicles electric vehicles.

Circuit believes this is a great way to motivate future vehicle buyers to consider switching to CO2-free vehicles, because then they would come and empty Croatian charging stations and not worry about having to find a place. to charge their car, and on the other hand, these charging stations would be co-financed by the EU, so that such an expansion of these infrastructures would not cost the state that much.

In addition to this, AFIR would set targets to significantly strengthen the infrastructure on the TEN-T Corridor – a single trans-European road network that connects all major transport points in Europe.

This means that the number of charging stations for light and heavy electric vehicles would be further increased in Croatia and neighboring countries. AFIR requires that at least one charging station for electric trucks or buses with two chargers up to 350 kW be available, and for light passenger vehicles there must be at least one charging station with two chargers up to 350 kW. to 150 kW on the TEN-T corridor by 2025.

By 2030, this number of service stations must be doubled. On all additional roads connected to the TEN-T corridor, EU Member States must guarantee a uniform network of service stations every 100 kilometres. According to AFIR, vehicle charging should also be possible using bank cards, so all charging station operators should install card readers in their future Croatian charging stations.

This would greatly facilitate the charging of vehicles belonging to many electric vehicle drivers, especially for tourists who are unfamiliar with the charging network of the country they are visiting.

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