OMV Petrom grows Southeast Europe charging network
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.
Turkey’s Karsan counts electric bus orders in Romania
Karsan is racking up electric bus orders in Romania as they receive another order for 26 electric buses. The city of Deva expects 22 e-Jest minibuses from the Turkish manufacturer and four electric buses of type e-Atak from mid-2022. Karsan’s sales of electric buses in Romania now stand at 158 units.
Enel X Romania joins Hubject network
Charging infrastructure specialist Enel X Romania has joined the Hubject network. Specifically, over 160 charging points from Enel X in Romania will become part of Hubject’s Intercharge roaming platform. Until now, access to Enel X Romania’s charging points was only possible via the JuicePass app.
Dräxlmaier to set up production in Romania
The German automotive supplier Dräxlmaier will invest 200 million euros in the construction of a production site in the Romanian city of Timisoara over the next six years. Battery systems for electrified vehicles are to be produced there.
Ford to build light utility vehicle factory in Romania
Ford has announced it will invest $300 million in the production of a new light commercial vehicle at its Romanian assembly plant in Craiova, with production scheduled to start in 2023. An all-electric version of this commercial vehicle model will debut in 2024.
Romania doubles 2021 EV subsidy budget
The Romanian Ministry of Environment is doubling the budget for its Rabla Plus programme this year, which offers subsidies for the purchase of electric and hybrid cars, to the equivalent of around 82 million euros.
Solaris wins major multi-city tender in Romania
Solaris expands its position in the Romanian public transport market. In a tender issued by the Ministry of Public Works, Development and Administration, Solaris has won a major order for 123 electric buses out of 131 put out to tender.
Temsa wins tender for electric buses in Romania
After having won a tender held in Buzău, Romania, the Turkish bus manufacturer Temsa today announced that it will now deliver four Avenue Electron buses by the end of 2021. The delivery also includes the procurement of two 150kw and 480kw charging stations to the city.
Karsan delivers electric minibuses to Romania
Turkish manufacturer Karsan has delivered a further ten electric minibuses to the Romanian city of Suceava, which now has 15 Jest Electric buses from Karsan in operation. Karsan had won a tender by the city for the new electric minibuses last year with an open option.
BYD receives first order from Romania
BYD books its first electric bus order from Romania. The city of Buzău orders nine 12-metre electric buses, which will be operated by Transbus Buzău. The majority of the vehicles will be manufactured at BYD’s production facility in Komárom in neighbouring Hungary.
NEXT-E charging network to work with Hubject
The EU project NEXT-E with 252 fast-charging stations will soon be connected to Hubject’s eRoaming platform Intercharge. This involves 222 fast chargers with 50 kW and 30 HPC stations with 150 to 350 kW charging capacity in seven Eastern European countries.
Enel X launches charging network in Bucharest
Enel X has installed and commissioned a network of 34 charging points for electric cars in Bucharest and the surrounding area. Although these are mainly AC chargers with 22 kW there are also a number of DC chargers with up to 50 kW charging capacity in the network.
Bucharest misses the bus
The city of Bucharest has halted a tender for the purchase of 100 electric buses on 22 July after all three bids received were deemed unacceptable – apparently after technical evaluation. This is the second time an electric bus tender for the Romanian capital has failed due to the lack of suitable offers. It is still unlcear when and whether the City will make another attempt.
Enel X secures funding through AMBRA-E
Enel X has secured funding for the AMBRA-Electrify Europe project (AMBRA-E for short) that it coordinates. This project involves investments of 70.75 million euros and includes the construction of more than 3,000 charging stations in Italy, Spain and Romania by 2022.
Poland: High subsidy for low-cost electric vehicles
In August 2019, 6,672 electric vehicles drove on Polish roads, with a share of just 0.2%, Poland is at the bottom of the league in Central Eastern Europe. Nevertheless, or precisely because of this, the Polish government has set itself ambitious targets for e-mobility. But the new funding programme is controversial, as Aleksandra Fedorska reports.
Bucharest ordered 130 hybrid buses
The Romanian capital Bucharest has ordered 130 hybrid buses from Mercedes-Benz. Deliveries of the Citaro Hybrid are scheduled to take place between May 2020 and January 2021. Bucharest also plans to procure 100 battery-electric buses, 100 trolleybuses and 100 trams.
Romania extends EV subsidy programme
The Romanian Ministry of the Environment is doubling the budget for its Rabla Plus programme, which offers subsidies for the purchase of electric and hybrid cars. An additional 3.2 million euros are now available.