The Bucharest-based energy company OMV Petrom is expanding its charging network in Southeastern Europe. The Romanian oil company plans to install a total of around 100 fast and ultra-fast charging stations at its service stations in Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova and Serbia by the end of 2022.
The bulk of the charging stations are to be built in Romania and Bulgaria. In partnership with Eldrive, Enel X and Renovatio, 80 stations are planned at the company’s own service stations (19 of which have already been implemented). Ultra-fast charging should be possible at 20 of the stations. The company says of the charging capacities only that car batteries should be able to reach a charge level of 80 per cent in 40 minutes at its own fast chargers or 20 minutes at the ultrafast chargers.
In cooperation with Renovatio, five charging stations are also planned in Moldova – among others in the city of Chisinau. Here OMV Petrom mentions a charging capacity of 75 kW. In addition, five charging stations are to be built on highways in Serbia in cooperation with charge&GO – in the power range between 100 and 200 kW.
“We are expanding our electromobility offer in all the countries in the region where we have filling stations,” said Radu Căprău, OMV Petrom board member. “Basically, by the end of 2022, about 15% of the OMV and Petrom regional network will have recharging stations. By 2030, we will provide our customers with approximately 500 stations with alternative solutions for mobility such as electro-mobility, gas mobility such as LNG and CNG and hydrogen.”
OMV Petrom currently has 787 service stations in Romania and neighbouring countries, operating under the OMV and Petrom brands. The company is 51 per cent owned by the Austrian OMV Aktiengesellschaft and just over 20 per cent by the Romanian state.
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