Electric mobility

Hungary: E-charging station development

| Author / Editor: Zsolt Meszaros, Editor in Chief, MM Muszaki Magazin / Susanne Hertenberger

The participants of the 80edays in Budapest
The participants of the 80edays in Budapest (Bild: http://www.modulo.hu/80edays)

According to the schedule, 500 charging stations, and 1000 charging points will be installed in Hungary, thanks to a 1,25 billion HUF grant.

The ’80edays’ around-the-world rally for electric cars reached Hungary at the end of August. The international teams promoting electric mobility have driven over 20,000 km from Barcelona through North America and Asia and have arrived at the Hungarian capital. On this occasion, a new rapid charging station was introduced to the public, which is the result of a 2-year long Hungarian cooperation between small and medium sized enterprises, and the Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

István Lepsényi, State Secretary for Economic Development and Regulation at the Ministry of National Economy, announced that any town with a population of at least 15 thousand can apply for the procurement of electric chargers. The Hungarian government will do everything in its power to help develop electric mobility, favoring Hungarian innovations as exemplified by the composite electric Modulo buses that are already on the roads.

To raise awareness for electric mobility

According to János Ungár, president of the Hungarian Electromobility Association, the cost of the batteries which currently make up 40-50% of the cost of an electric car can drop sharply after 2020. While in 2008 one kilowatt-hour capacity cost 1000 USD, by 2020 it can be as low as 100 USD. Starting in 2018, purely electric cars will appear that will surpass the mobility needs of the average drivers with ranges over 300km at prices under 10 million HUF. This price can drop another 20% by the year 2020 thanks to the reduced cost of the batteries. He highlighted that advancements in the technology and vehicle manufacturing are not enough – the government’s role is very important in the development of the infrastructure. Finally, he expressed the need to help raise awareness for electric mobility by all means and with the involvement of everyone, because it is still a serious obstacle in the expansion of environmentally friendly technologies.

Rafael de Mestre, chief organizer of the ’80edays’ around-the-world rally for electric cars, was convinced that all speakers spoke the same language: the promotion of electric mobility is important for everyone. That’s exactly the reason why this event was established, too: to promote the advantages and the reliability of sustainable transportation around the world. He expressed that people have a vested interest to live in an environmentally friendly world, and one cornerstone of that is electric transportation. He also mentioned that in order to compensate for the harmful emissions caused by the necessary transport of vehicles participating in the rally they are cooperating with an international organization in a reforestation project. As part of that they have planted around 10,000 trees already, and they hope to plant 20,000 by the time the rally ends in Barcelona to contribute to a cleaner air for our planet.

More information: Website 80edays

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