ZAGREB, July 10 – The Croatian state-owned electricity company HEP opened an electric vehicle charging station on the A1 motorway at Brinje on Wednesday, marking the National Day of Nikola Tesla.
The EV charging station at Brinje is the sixteenth such station put in operation by HEP.
The EV charging stations will enable electric vehicles to drive from the border with Slovenia and Hungary to the Adriatic Sea, making Croatia a part of a network of such stations on the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T), the company said.
“Our aim is to ensure a safe intercity drive for all Croatian citizens and visitors using electric vehicles. As part of international projects, we will install a total of 57 charging stations on the motorways and other roads. After the completion of ongoing projects, the HEP network will have over a hundred charging stations, including those already installed in cities,” HEP CEO Frane Barbaric said.
The installation of EV charging stations on the motorways is co-funded by the European Union under the EAS-E and NEXT-E projects. Under these projects, HEP is collaborating with partners from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary and Romania in creating a network of 309 charging stations that will allow electric vehicles to drive without interruption through the six Central European countries.