27 March 2019
3 year program created first nationwide EV charging infrastructure network in Poland
Brussels – Electric mobility practitioners and European Union officials convened yesterday for the concluding conference of the NCE – FastEvNet Action (the Action) and to hear the findings of two comprehensive electric vehicle (EV) charging industry reports.
The Action, which lasted three years, led to the installation and commercial operation of 75 multi-standard fast charging stations in Poland and 10 in Slovakia, and the creation of the first ever nationwide network for EV fast charging in Poland. The charging stations are located at urban and interurban locations, support intermodal transport, and all support cross-border roaming to enable international and out-of-network travel.
The Action was co-financed by the Innovation & Networks Executive Agency (INEA) of the European Commission through the Connecting Europe Facility financing mechanism. The project was later supported by a loan from the European Investment Bank’s InnovFin program, the first program in the Central & Eastern European region to be so recognized. Slovak Investment Holding has also joined in financially supporting the loan to GreenWay.
Three of the charging station locations in Slovakia – Bratislava, Trencin, and Ruzomberok – took a particularly innovative approach, coupling energy storage devices (batteries) and energy management systems with two fast charging stations each. This allows fast charging stations (with their high power needs) to be installed in locations with weaker electricity grid connections and energy for the vehicle charging is pulled from the battery rather than directly from the grid. The success of these pilots is a significant step towards deploying fast charging stations in more remote locations. It also optimises electricity network requirements, especially during times of peak demand, and shortens wait times for customers.
GreenWay prepared two comprehensive industry reports as part of the action. One looked at the customer facing elements of the charging infrastructure business and analyzed business practices and preferences, and expectations from over two thousand current and prospective EV drivers to understand how to provide exceptional customer service that results in seamless and smooth charging experiences and results in increased EV uptake. A summary version of the report is available here.
This was supplemented by an expert conference that GreenWay hosted in Poland in November 2017, convening leading experts from all over Europe to discuss electric mobility. The group focused on the role municipalities play in charging infrastructure deployment, and published EV Charging Infrastructure: Guidelines for Cities to assist municipalities in the region as they plan for the coming mass market of EVs. That report is available here.
The industry reports concluded with key recommendations for decisionmakers:
Regulators and governments
- Support for electric mobility must be visible and ongoing so that people and companies can properly plan and adjust their behaviors
- The information gap about EV technology and related topics remain significant among the general public. Governments should prioritize educating the public and providing valid and reliable information.
- Lowering the fees of connection to the energy grid and Distribution Service Operator (DSO) services, especially for the fast and ultra-fast charging infrastructure is critical for massive investment in, and rollout of, infrastructure.
- Ensure the recently passed European Union CO2 emissions standards for cars and vans are enforced and adhered to so that more EVs reach the market and are available to consumers
- Provide direct financial incentives and subsidies to the up-front cost of an EV to increase uptake
- Provide clear and ongoing public leadership; Role model active use of electric mobility
- Lead by example and purchase EVs for municipal fleet vehicles
- Update local laws, such as zoning, electrical, etc, to support the deployment of charging infrastructure, especially in or near apartment buildings and around the city
- Establish a position within the city workforce dedicated to the development of electromobility to coordinate all of the efforts, from education to planning to deployment to operation. This position should serve as well as single point of contact for citizens which interested in having access to public charging infrastructure.
- Support residents, businesses, and visitors in driving electric, through municipal subsidies, clear signage, free parking, use of bus lanes, establishing low or zero emission zones, etc.
Companies in charging infrastructure development
- Ease of access, physical surroundings, and amenities around a charging location are important factors. Significant efforts should be made to find the best possible locations with exceptional services and amenities
- Locations, especially the most popular ones, should be equipped with more than one charger to prevent waiting and queuing
- Education and information are critical regarding pricing and charging practices, especially the ideal ratio of home/workplace: commercial charging
- Using electricity from renewable energy sources is most important in countries with high CO2 intensity of energy production, like Poland.
GreenWay Managing Partner Peter Badik presents some of the findings, in this case about the benefits of energy storage
Presenting some of the findings of customer surveys from Poland & Sovakia
Maciej Mazur, President of the Polish Alternative Fuels Association (PSPA) presenting the case for a special distribution tarriff for electric vehicle charging
Panel debate on Charging Infrastructure & Battery Storage – The Bridge Between the Energy and Electric Vehicles with. (Left to Right) Richard Ferrer (Senior Project Manager, Innovation Team, Innovation and Networks Executive Agency, European Commission), Naomi Chevillard (Policy Advisor, SolarPower Europe), Sven Brink (Team Lead B2B, European Network Development, Allego B.V.),Ivo Schmidt (Cabinet of European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic), and Peter Badik (Managing Partner, GreenWay)
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