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13. Feb 2024 at 6:40

Too few electrical vehicles imply too few charging stations.

“I nonetheless have to cost the automobile a bit extra, to ensure that the battery to final till Budča, at the least. About half an hour,” Renáta Ondrušková mentioned one January morning as she ready to set off with a buddy for a journey from Bratislava to Košice. She wished to check her small electrical automobile on the lengthy, 400-kilometre-plus cross-country route and check out Slovakia’s community of charging stations.

Though her BMW i3 electrical automobile was promoted as having fairly a powerful vary when it comes to its measurement, she knew that she would want to recharge it on the best way between the Slovak capital and the nation’s second greatest metropolis. She hoped that two stops can be sufficient.

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Nevertheless, the issue with the present community of chargers in Slovakia is that whereas there are actually sufficient chargers within the capital and in different large cities, they’re fairly scarce alongside highways, dual-carriageways and first-class roads, forcing divers to plan very exactly the place they intend to cost so as to not be left stranded on the street with a very empty battery.

“There are nonetheless too few alternatives to cost vehicles on highways and important roads,” mentioned Ondrušková, including that she doesn’t use public chargers within the capital as she will cost her automobile at dwelling, utilizing electrical energy produced by the photo voltaic panels on the roof of her home.

The Slovak Electromobility Affiliation (SEVA) and operators of petrol stations and chargers contemplate the present community of charging stations in Slovakia and their charging capability, based mostly on their utilisation, to be ample for present prospects.

“Slovakia is among the nations in Europe with the bottom variety of electrical automobiles per charging level,” Miroslava Schneider, from the press division of petrol firm and filling station operator Slovnaft, informed The Slovak Spectator, including that constructing new charging stations should make financial sense.

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