In the Czech Republic, the Ministry of Transport, the energy company CEZ and the Volkswagen subsidiary Skoda Auto want to set up several thousand charging points for electric vehicles in the country by 2025.
A corresponding declaration of intent has now been signed in Prague. The charging points are to be erected at railway stations and along main roads. These will be operated with “CO2-neutral electricity” from CEZ as was stated in a public announcement from Skoda. The locations of the charging points will be determined in cooperation with Skoda Auto and Elli, the Volkswagen Group subsidiary for charging solutions.
On the occasion of the meeting in Prague, Skoda Auto issued a statement declaring that the Czech Republic is to become an electromobility hub with the help of the car maker’s strategy to transition onto electric mobility by 2030.
Herein lies the push with charging infrastructure – electric cars should be rolled out in the eastern European country. Skoda sees the country as a potential electric mobility hub and the government and the CEZ are to support the infrastructure transition, not just for electric cars, but as an industrial base.
Thomas Schmall, Volkswagen Group Board Member for Technology and the person responsible for battery cells and systems said: “The Czech Republic is an attractive potential location for one of the six battery cell factories that Volkswagen is planning in Europe, with competitive energy and labour costs, good connections to other Eastern European Group locations and one of the largest lithium deposits in Europe. The decisive factor will be that the country resolutely tackles the transition to electromobility – from the changeover to renewable energies to the consistent development of charging infrastructure and the comprehensive promotion of future technologies.”
The move to improve electric infrastructure in the Czech Republic is clearly important to Volkswagen as part of a bigger picture of electric mobility and battery supply. The meeting in Prague was attended not only by the Czech Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Industry, Trade and Transport, Karel Havlíček but also Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management at Volkswagen AG.
On the point of the Volkswagen Group plans to build six gigafactories in Europe, Skoda says “one of these cell factories is to be built in Central or Eastern Europe; a decision on the location is expected in the first half of 2022.”
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