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Six new public charging stations for electric cars

During a low-key ceremony just over a week ago, six new public high-voltage charging stations for electric vehicles were inaugurated in Budapest.

28 December 2011

Six new public charging stations for electric cars in Budapest

Six new free-to-use public charging stations for electric cars in different places of Budapest.

The new stations are a result of collaboration between developers and the city, and are located in six different places of Budapest.

The power stations are wall mounted and look something like an electronic parking meter stations. What looks like the handle of a gasoline pump plugs into a port in the side of the car. Public power stations will charge a car in about three and four hours, compared to about 10 for a home station.

Each free charging station costs about 5,000 Euros (HUF1.5 millions) and completely financed by developers and the city.

The first electric car battery recharging station in Budapest unveiled at ELMŰ in September 2010

The first electric car battery recharging station in Budapest unveiled at ELMŰ in September 2010

Green Commitment

There are about 20 free charging stations in Hungary.

"Although the government has the "Green Commitment", it will not have money to replace all state owned cars to electric ones. However, any development, which includes expanding the electric driving are supported, because he believes this new approach to effective and sustainable urban transport may be a solution at individual level as well," Zoltán Illés, Ministry of Rural Development, The Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, at the occasion of press conference said.

"Despite the global economic crisis, environment protection can not be set further back. We can not separate it from the economy, because if there is no clean drinking water and environment, such economies may find environment as the biggest stumbling block in ecnomic growth in the future," he said.

Dávid Vitézy, CEO of the Budapest Transport Centre, said they will support electric vehicles, becuase it is very important to reduce air pollution caused by traffic in the capital city. The BKK does not only focus on public transport, but also how to clean air, how much time people spend unnecessarily in car, what current and future health status, and also to monitor economic and environmental competitiveness of Budapest.

He believes electric cars have a real future in Budapest as well as in other European capital cities, but number of electric cars in the Hungarian capital city is currently pretty low. He said worldwide dilemma whether electric car is the overall solution for future, or just one element of others.

The problems of cities explained by him: the three main problems are general lack of resources, lack of space including how to use the valuable public spaces, air pollution. He underlined the fact that the electric car can give answer only to the third problem. BKK does not want to arouse any illusion that electric cars would solve all three transportation issues while BKK is pleased to support electric solutions, he added. He said BKK provided 6 public places for charging stations without any financial and business reason.

Marie-Theres Thiell, Chairman of the Management Board of ELMŰ, said good examples like electric cars can use the bus lane in Europe and purchasing of electric cars are supported by the the government in many countries might improve electric car situation in Hungary.