Cross-E to construct 911 new HPC charging points in eight European countries

The Cross-E project, funded by the European Union, has been launched to set up high-power charging stations for electric vehicles along major routes and harbours across Europe. A total of 911 charging points are planned in eight countries.

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838 of the 150- and 350-kW high-performance charging points are intended for cars and light commercial vehicles. A further 73 charging points with 350 kW power will supply fresh electricity for heavy commercial vehicles and electric trucks. The cross-border Cross-E project, which is subsidised by the EU with 34.45 million euros as part of the AFIF tender, is being implemented by the four partners Allego, Emobility Solutions, GreenWay and Petrol Group.

The charging points are to be installed in Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands. Richard Ferrer, European Commission, Head of the Alternative Fuels Sector at CINEA, the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency, said: “With this large-scale ambitious project, the European Union is supporting an important new phase to decarbonise mobility in Europe, in particular through the deployment of an electric recharging infrastructure for heavy-duty vehicles, right at the moment the first electric trucks are delivered on the market. Together with the 4 involved private frontrunners, we stay fully committed to achieve Green Deal objectives for the benefit of EU citizens and economic operators!”

Mathieu Bonnet, Chief Executive Officer of Allego, said: “The demand for charging is growing as EVs take more of the market share in Europe. Charging infrastructure is pivotal in enabling a seamless transition to a fully electric fleet. By collaborating with Emobility Solutions, GreenWay, and Petrol who share our vision of a future characterized by emission-free mobility, we are poised to bring this shared vision to fruition.”

In total, the partners plan to invest 130 million euros in high-power charging infrastructure, with the European Union providing a total grant of 34.45 million euros. The project is due to be completed by October 2026.

The Cross-E installations will adhere to the European Commission’s Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR), which guarantees open access to charging infrastructure. All sites will therefore be accessible to the public 24/7 and will support roaming and freely accessible payment methods such as NFC, credit cards and app-based payments. The installation of charging stations specifically for heavy-duty commercial vehicles in selected markets will also provide insights for a broader installation in all project partners and countries.

Janos Ungar, Chief Executive Officer of Emobility Solutions, added: “We believe that regional CEF projects like CROSS-E are the foundations towards a green, sustainable and reliable zero emission road transportation. Emobility Solutions has a decade of experience in European electric mobility infrastructure development, and it is an honour being able to represent Hungary in this cooperation, as we know that still a lot of work must be done to increase the number of high-power chargers along the highways, while maximising the utilization of the renewable energy. With the CROSS-E project our aim is to showcase best practices for developing high-power charging HUBs in a smart way, with minimum dependence on the grid by utilizing local PV production and energy storage solutions.”


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