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Power for electric cars in the Balkans, Tesla Superchargers

One of the biggest challenges with electrical vehicles is the ever-present range anxiety–the fear that youâ€ll run out of juice before you reach the next charging station.

Tesla Superchargers Balkans is an article created with the focus on the famous electric car maker Tesla, and also around the importance of electric cars that are coming closer to the Balkan region.

One of the biggest challenges with electrical vehicles is the ever-present range anxiety  the fear that you’ll run out of juice before you reach the next charging station. Elon Musk promised to solve this for Tesla drivers with the Supercharger network, which is spread across the US & Canada, Asia & Pacific and is gradually taking over the European Countries.

The closest Charging station one to our region is in Ljubljana, Slovenia while the closest service center is located in Vienna, Austria. Taking a perspective on the map one can see the coverage of the network across Western Europe in the current state.

When you look at the map and the plans for the future, the Tesla Supercharger network seems to aim for Turkey as the next big market for Tesla, with plans for charging stations in Croatia (while the article has been written, Tesla opened a supercharging station in Senj, Croatia), two in Slovenia (One in Ljubljana and one in Kozina and then two in Serbia and two in Bulgaria, ending the route with one charging station in Istanbul, thus completing the route of driving throughout Europe into Turkey, with a Tesla.

For 2016, Tesla aims to open up a supercharging station in Skopje, Macedonia (which hasn’t been confirmed yet nor has anything been done in this direction so far) and some more stations in the region, making the electric drive come to life in our Balkan Region as well. Which definitely means that more companies will join this investment in order to promote the e-Drive to our region as well.

 

How it Works

Superchargers consist of multiple Model S chargers working in parallel to deliver up to 120 kW of direct current (DC) power directly to the battery. Typically, Model S uses its onboard charger to convert alternating current (AC) from a wall charger to DC that’s stored in the battery.

As the battery nears full charge, the cars onboard computer gradually reduces the current to the optimum level for topping off cells. Using a Supercharger is as easy as using a Wall Connector. You simply plug in, walk away and in approximately 30 minutes you have enough range to get to your destination or the next station. Every Model S with an 85 kWh battery includes Supercharging, and it can be added to any 60 kWh Model S.

 

Electric Cars in the Balkans

Last year a Tesla owned by Sasa Cvetojevic, an Entrepreneur working in health sector, mobile telecommunications and others, who also brought a Tesla for the first time in Croatia in 2014, made a tour of the Balkans emphasizing the future of electric cars and showcasing the possibilities of the car, while highlighting the lack of infrastructure to support such sort of electric drive, especially in the southern Balkan Countries.

Croatia

Croatia is standing better with cities of Koprivnica and Biograd, having EV Charging stations at citizens disposal who own electric vehicles, exemplifying the country’s commitment to cleaner forms of road transport.

The charging station, fully financed by EU funds from the ‘Intelligent Energy Europe’ Programme, is just one of the measures being implemented by Biograd to secure a more sustainable future.

Koprivnica’s charging stations complement the city’s recently launched car-sharing system, which includes six electric cars and two hybrid vehicles. The car-sharing system was established as part of the EU-funded CIVITAS DYN@MO project. There is also the famous Rimac Automobili, for which we wrote about earlier, and also new plans from the government for subsidizing electrical cars purchase processes.

 

Macedonia

Taking a look at other countries and researching in this direction, one can see that Macedonia is also part of the CIVITAS DYN@MO Project, aiming to support the green transportation infrastructure through EU Funds and government funds, while there is not much happening in Serbia, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia & Herzegovina or Montenegro.

Bulgaria

Bulgaria, for example, has already more than 10 EV Charging stations in Sofia and some other cities, while private companies like FullCharger Bulgaria, have already been involved in creating necessary electric infrastructure for future cars. The country aims to have more than 10% electric cars by 2012 and is already working on this direction.

Romania

Romania has been making progress on EV Infrastructure since 2010 and has ongoing projects like e-Mobility Romania which aim to expand the usage of EV infrastructure and electric cars.

 

Greece

Greece is set to have charging stations installed and leased by the Greek energy provider PPC, including sites at the Greek Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, energy regulators and at the PPC’s headquarters. The installation of the charging stations is part of the EU-funded Green eMotion project, which aims to prepare the foundation for the mass deployment of Europe-wide electro-mobility.

 

Kosovo

Thinking towards the future with green and sustainable energy resources for transportation is the task for both countries.

There is no electric car registered on either side or either supporting infrastructure, however one can see hybrids like a Prius on both sides whereas a local bank in Kosovo has brought such cars in order to promote environment-friendly cars, however, how they charge the cars is still unknown, which means probably they use conventional electric power sources from the city grid if necessary.

 

Albania

Albania has made quite some interesting moves in terms of electric cars. The city police of Tirana has bought 25 Golf-e, which are fully electric and serve the daily needs of the police force. There are also new green taxis going around the city, which have subsidized privileges from the municipality, and there are new investments in electrical busses as well, which make Tirana one of the top 10 cities around Europe that make use of electrical busses.

Missing regulations

Currently, there is no law or regulation by either country that urges people to buy electric cars like in other European Countries where you get subsidized by the government. This means that there is no purpose for people to even think about buying electric cars, and let alone think about the infrastructure. And yeah, one important detail to remember: Almost all Kosovo’s electric power comes from Coal, while Albania’s electric power comes from hydropower, so the later one is one step ahead at least in lesser air-pollution.

Developed countries are supporting companies focused on Electric Cars, developing infrastructure and amending laws to move towards a better future. Think about the possibilities of just some small steps in these directions. As a citizen of the region, there are of course higher priorities, but as a tech person, I have to urge this e-movement.

Also interesting read: The Road to an Emission Free Kosovo

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