Kaufland Romania and Renovatio Group inaugurated on October 25th the first fast hub for electric cars in Romania and Eastern Europe. It is located in the Kaufland shop on Barbu Vacarescu Street no. 120-144 in Bucharest.
The Hub in the Barbu Vacarescu Hub offers the possibility of simultaneous loading of 6 electric vehicles. The novelty and the main benefit of it being that three of them will be able to load quickly, at a power of maximum 50kW. In this way, most electric models present on the Romanian market will be able to reach 80% of the battery capacity in less than an hour. In addition to fast charging stations, three semi-fast charging points with 22kW power are available.
The hub stations are compatible with all types of 100% electric and hybrid plug-in vehicles, have a non-stop operating system and, as per the earlier commitment, load costs are entirely borne by Kaufland Romania .
Valer Hancas, Corporate Communications and Corporate Affairs Kaufland Romania: “Our mission is to demonstrate that it is not complicated to act with care towards the environment. We support the project from the desire to encourage the use of electric cars as a means of moving eco. This is not our first initiative in this regard. We launched in 2016, together with Renovatio, the first public network of fast-paced electric power stations in Romania, which we made available to everyone free of charge. In 2018, we have reached more than 20 locations in our car parks, thus offering greater autonomy in the drive. We believe that through all these efforts, we will inspire more and more people to be eco-friendly. Environmental responsibility has been and will always be on our agenda as an integral part of how to do business.”
More than 95% of renewable energy is used . The Renovatio e-charge network currently has 92 upload points in 38 locations, of which 62 load points are installed in 23 Kaufland locations.
Alexandru Teodorescu, Managing Partner Renovatio Group: “Making load hubs for electric vehicles is part of the Renovatio strategy for developing urban infrastructure in major cities. In this way, we try to cover the needs of those who operate at a fast pace, for which reduced load times are a priority. The infrastructure of charging stations in transit areas is as important as in urban areas to stimulate mass adoption of electric vehicles. Through the FastSEE project, co-funded by the European Union through the CEF Transport program, Renovatio will cover with fast and ultra-fast charging stations, two of the main corridors of the pan-European transport network TEN-T that transits our country by the end of the year 2020. Many locations are chosen based on partnership with Kaufland Romania.
According to official statistics, over 1,000 pure electric cars are currently registered in Romania.
The first network of power stations in Romania
In April 2016, Kaufland Romania together with Renovatio Group came to support all those who want to drive ecologically and launch the first public network of Fast Charge power stations in Romania. It was estimated at that time the coverage with fast loading stations Constanta – Bucharest – Sibiu – Timisoara – Arad route. The objective was reached in less than three years, while at the same time succeeding in facilitating pure electric transport on another major transport corridor: Bucharest – Ploiesti – Braşov – Targu Mures – Cluj Napoca – Oradea.
Extending the network to Moldova and the South of the country is a priority for the coming years. In parallel, by the end of the year, Kaufland Romania and Renovatio are announcing the opening of at least five new points of loading in the Kaufland car parks in the country.
Kaufland Romania acquired in 2016 a fleet of 18 electric cars . Some of these have been donated to partner NGOs, and some are used by Kaufland employees on daily business trips, helping to reduce pollution.