MINSK, 27 December (BelTA) – Over 600 electric vehicle charging stations in Belarus use equipment of Belarusian make, BelTA learned from Belorusneft Deputy Director General Andrei Kotik as a superfast electric vehicle charging complex was inaugurated in Minsk on 27 December.
According to Andrei Kotik, about 630 electric vehicle charging stations operate in Belarus now. All of their equipment is of Belarusian make. “A significant event happened last week: we switched from European software to Belarusian software. Our country has the full range of equipment starting with batch-produced products and ending with prototypes,” he noted.
The executive mentioned that electric vehicles reached another milestone in late 2022. “September saw monthly global electric vehicle sales reach 1 million. The trend will continue developing. Major automobile manufacturers intend to switch to making only electric vehicles after 2030,” Andrei Kotik remarked. According to the International Energy Agency, January-October 2022 saw over 7.7 million electric cars sell across the globe, 55% up from January-October 2021.
The Belarusian industrial group Belorusneft is in charge of setting up and operating EV charging stations in Belarus. Belorusneft expects the number of electric vehicles in Belarus to exceed 600,000 by 2030. They will consume over 3.6 billion kWh of electricity then. Apart from that, the possibility of regulating the daily work schedule of the power grid may be introduced in Belarus. In order to reach even more ambitious goals, additional incentives for using electric cars are needed: preferential loans, free passage of electric trucks on toll roads, lower recycling fees for electric cars under 3.5 tonnes, and funding for introducing electrobuses into urban passenger transportation, Belorusneft said.