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Petrol picked as part of consortium for TEN-T EV charging stations

Ljubljana, 13 May (STA) - Energy group Petrol plans to set up 65 more charging stations for electric vehicles at 20 locations in Slovenia and 40 at 15 locations in Croatia as part of the Cross-E project, having been selected as one of the companies to boost charging infrastructure on the corridors of the TEN-T pan-European transport network.

Petrol, which already has several hundred charging stations in the region, was picked along with Allego, Emobility Solutions and GreenWay to install 911 high-power charging points at 238 locations, which will also be suitable for heavy electric vehicles.

The aim of the European Cross-E project is to install high-power charging points along key transit routes and ports across Europe in line with the European Commission's vision of a zero-emission future for electric vehicle travel in Europe, Petrol said in a press release on Monday.

The consortium of four companies will install the chargers in Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Netherlands, as well as in Slovenia, Belgium and Italy.

By the project's completion, scheduled for October 2026, they will strive to install 838 charging points for light electric vehicles (150 to 350 kW of power) and 73 charging points for heavy electric vehicles (350 kW of power).

As part of the project, Petrol plans to install 65 charging points at 20 locations in Slovenia, nine of which will also be suitable for heavy vehicles, and 40 charging points at 15 locations in Croatia, eight of which suitable for heavy vehicles.

All charging points will be accessible 24/7 and will offer a variety of payment options. According to Petrol, the installation of the first charging points for heavy vehicles will also serve as a basis for further infrastructure expansion in these countries.

The companies will invest a total of EUR 130 million in the project, with EUR 34 million in grants expected from Brussels.

Petrol management board member Marko Ninčević welcomed the cooperation with partner companies as part of promoting the green transition. "By expanding our network of charging stations, we are improving the user experience and further positioning ourselves as the most comprehensive provider of sustainable mobility in the region," he said.

Petrol moreover said that the Cross-E project can accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles in Europe, thus making a significant contribution to reducing carbon emissions.

The European Commission selected the project as part of a call for proposals under the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Facility. It is financially supported by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

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