Hubject to cooperate with Fines Charging in Bulgaria
Hubject has announced a cooperation with Fines Charging in Bulgaria, one of the largest charging station operators in the country. The cooperation will connect Fines Charging’s charging points to Hubject’s roaming platform Intercharge.
Fines Charging currently has 55 DC charging points (including HPC with up to 200 kW) and 38 AC charging stations in operation in Bulgaria. The company says that many new sites are planned.
In March, the Bulgarian state promised to significantly expand the charging infrastructure in Bulgaria, with the goal of building 10,000 charging stations nationwide by 2026. This emerged from a cooperation agreement signed by the state electricity grid operator ESO and other organisations. Deputy Prime Minister for Climate Policy and Minister for Environment and Water Borislav Sandov confirmed the target shortly afterwards. In addition, 30,000 electric vehicles are also to be on the road in the country by 2026.
“We are honoured to build our partnership with Fines Charging as these exciting developments in Bulgaria unroll. Keeping in mind that public charging infrastructure needs to be in place everywhere, all over Europe, with our intercharge network, EV charging will be more accessible to Bulgarian EV drivers who move internationally, as well as international visitors to Bulgaria,” said Christian Hahn, CEO of Hubject.
In March, the Bulgarian state electricity utility ESO said that by 2030 there will be about 200,000 electric vehicles in Bulgaria with a combined 600,000 MWh of annual power consumption. Their number may increase to 3.5 million by 2050, with respective power consumption rising to 10 million MWh per year.
Hubject’s roaming platform Intercharge connects Charging Point Operators or CPOs and eMobility Service Providers or EMPs to enable unified, grid-independent access to charging infrastructure. Hubject says it has created the world’s largest cross-provider charging network for electric vehicles by connecting CPO networks with over 400,000 connected charging points and more than 1,000 B2B partners in 52 countries and four continents.
Hubject also advises those in electric mobility industry about Plug&Charge according to ISO 15118, which enables bidirectional charging, which among other things, enables electric vehicles to act as buffer storage units for the electricity grid that can feed power into the grid. The ISO 15118 is a protocol that is strictly related to the secure communication between the charging station and the electric vehicle. When there is bi-directional charging to and from the grid, this protocol makes sure that it is authenticated and trusted.