MINSK, 16 October (BelTA) – The Belarusian state-run petroleum company Belorusneft has plans to increase the number of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations up to 600 in 2021, Deputy Director General of the company Andrei Kotik said at the electric mobility promotion forum E-Mobility 2020, BelTA has learned.
“Global trends suggest that electric vehicles will occupy a rather large market niche in the future. We keep it in mind when planning for growth. By the end of the year we will have 400 charging stations installed, in 2021 the number will make 600 (this is already more than gas station complexes). A pilot project for superfast charging stations is planned for next year,” Andrei Kotik said.
According to him, a fast charging station enables slightly over 100 km of driving range in half an hour of charging.
The electric mobility promotion forum E-Mobility 2020 is taking place in Minsk on 16 October. Taking part in the forum are representatives of the Energy Ministry, the Belarusian industrial group Belorusneft, the Industry Ministry, the Transport and Communications Ministry, the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Ministry, the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, the State Traffic Inspectorate, representatives of enterprises and companies which business is related to electric transport. The Forum participants discuss the effectiveness of the stimulating measures implemented in Belarus in order to encourage the use of electric transport and to develop the vehicle charging infrastructure. They also discuss issues, which resolution may help bolster the potential of this segment.
Discussions are held around several areas of interest: a forecast of the development of the electric transport market and the charging infrastructure in Belarus taking into account the forthcoming launch of the Belarusian nuclear power plant, the industrial potential for manufacturing Belarusian electric vehicles, R&D products in the area of electric transport, electric vehicles and a healthier urban environment.
The forum has been organized by the Energy Ministry and Belorusneft.