Ljubljana – After seven years of offering charging of electric vehicles for free, energy company Petrol will start charging for the service on Monday. This is an important step for development and expansion of plug-in car charging infrastructure in the region, it said, adding it would like to set up more than 1,300 charging stations in the region by 2025.
Drivers charging their vehicles with up to 22 kilowatt plugs will pay 25 cents for a kilowatt hour, Petrol said in a press release on Thursday.
Users will pay for the service via Petrol’s OneCharge system based on the amount of energy used and not the duration of the charging.
Petrol said its goal was constant development, which entailed high investment. “Many of our charging stations are already powered by clean energy from renewable sources, and we are also constantly expanding the network of host charging stations abroad …” said Tadej Smogavec, who is in charge of development of sustainable mobility at Petrol.
Petrol operates the largest network of charging stations in the country and along the border in Austria. It has charging stations at more than 100 locations, according to its web site.
The company has so far been charging only for the use of quick charge stations.
The first to make the service of charging e-vehicles payable was Elektro Ljubljana in May 2019. It has been charging users based on the output and duration of the charging.