HEP Puts 200th Electric Car Charger in Split into Operation

Lauren Simmonds

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 14th of September, 2020, Split-Dalmatia County Prefect Blazenko Boban, President of the Management Board of Hrvatska elektroprivreda Frane Barbaric and Mayor of Split Andro Krstulovic Opara put the jubilee 200th HEP electric car charger in Split into operation. The new electric car charger in Split is located in the car park at the intersection of Varazdinska Ulica (Varazdin street) and Ulica Domovinskog rata (Homeland war street).

HEP’s network of ELEN car chargers covers the area of ​​all 20 counties and the City of Zagreb, as well as all motorways and other important road routes across Croatia, city centres and tourist destinations, including several islands. At HEP’s electric car charger stations, more than 400 electric cars can be charged at the same time, ie half of all of the registered electric cars in Croatia.

“Our charging station network enables all Croatian drivers, users of electric cars, to travel unhindered to any destination in Croatia. In the last year alone, we’ve set up more than a hundred electric car charger stations. And this is an indicator of how much we’ve accelerated the realisation of investments in HEP. Thanks to such an approach, we estimate that this year, we’ll have a record realisation of investments, over 4 billion kuna,” said Frane Barbaric, President of the Management Board of Hrvatska elektroprivreda d.d.

The ELEN car charger station in Split, with a total power of 93 kW, enables the simultaneous charging of two cars. The electric car charger has all three standardised ports so that it can be used by all available electric vehicles on the market. In addition to this charging station, HEP, in cooperation with the City of Split, has set up charging stations on Ulica Antuna Branka Simica and Put Brodarice. Based on the signed cooperation agreement, another 22 charging stations for electric vehicles will also be set up.

“The City of Split is a green city that wants to be part of a green society, and the installation of electric car charger stations in the city is part of that idea. Also, this isn’t possible without cooperation with various stakeholders in the Republic of Croatia, and HEP is one of the most important of them all. These three newly opened chargers, as well as an additional 22 that will be put into operation by the end of the year, are a pledge for even better cooperation between HEP ​​and the City of Split in other areas, primarily on development projects that are part of Smart City direction in which we want to go,” said Andro Krstulovic Opara, Mayor of the City of Split.

In addition to the 200th electric car charger in Split, the wider Split-Dalmatia County, HEP has so far set up a total of 19 electric car charger stations, including two on the nearby islands of Hvar and three on Brac, with plans to set up another 27, including two on the island of Vis. In total, this investment cycle of installing electric car charger stations in Split-Dalmatia County is worth 12 million kuna.

“With the most hydroelectric power plants in its area, Split-Dalmatia County has always been at the forefront in the use of renewable energy sources in Croatia. A further step forward was made on Vis, where, thanks to the solar power plant, the island became self-sustaining in regard to energy. I’m glad that HEP is going in that direction on the island of Hvar as well. In addition, thanks to HEP, we have the opportunity to be among the leaders in terms of infrastructure for electric vehicles,” said Blazenko Boban, Prefect of Split-Dalmatia County.

HEP financed the installation of the 200th ELEN car charger in Split, as well as the previous ones, throughout Croatia with its own funds and funds from EU funds through the EAST-E, NEXT-E and bigEVdata projects. The use of HEP’s ELEN stations is still free, and the commercialisation of services will follow after all the possibilities of customer service have been tested and billing models have been developed. HEP strongly promotes the concept and concrete advantages of e-mobility, as it is an indispensable part of Croatia’s energy transition towards a low-carbon society and one of the key parts of the European Green Plan.

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