2016 Volkswagen e-Golf
Romania in Eastern Europe isn't often in the EV news, especially with only 24 pure electric cars registered in 2015 (up from 7 in 2014), but they are working on it.
Recently Kaufland (of whom is the biggest retailer in Romania) announced the launch of the first fast charging network in the country.
In total, some 10 multi-standard chargers kick off the network in partnership with Austrian renewable energy producer Renovatio. Given the amount of EVs on the roads today in Romania, we don't expect those handful of EVs will run into any issues of having to wait for an open EVSE stall.
The first station was opened in Kaufland Barbu Vacarescu in Bucharest on April 7th, and all the stations to be available for free 24/7.
"The ten charging stations will stay open 24/7 and can be used by all those who own electric cars, for free. They will be located in the parking lots of Kaufland stores in Arad, Timisoara, Deva, Sebes, Sibiu, Ramnicu Valcea, Pitesti, Constanta, and Bucharest (the store on Barbu Vacarescu Boulevard), and on the A2 highway. In these stations, the owners of electric cars can get up to 80% battery capacity in just one hour. They serve all electric and hybrid plug-in vehicles."
To our eyes, the units aren't what we tend to think of as "full" DC fast charging stations (typically rated at 50 kW or higher) but rather the significantly less expensive (to buy and install) 22 kW units (CCS Combo, CHAdeMO, and three-phase AC Type 2), but it's pretty cool initiative nonetheless to jump start the market.
Kaufland ordered also 18 Volkswagen e-Golfs, some will be donated.
"Kaufland also announced that it has purchased a fleet of 18 Volkswagen e-Golf electric cars. Three of the cars will be donated to partner NGOs Hospice Casa Sperantei, Habitat for Humanity, and Let’s Do It, Romania!, and the rest will be given to the company’s employees for the daily commute to work."