Electric car charging station network expands in Latvia

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The Road Traffic Safety Directorate (CSDD) in cooperation with businesses are developing a network of electric vehicle charging stations throughout the country, Latvian Television reported November 27.

The number of newly registered electric vehicles has increased by 65% in Latvia this year. On average, two electric cars are purchased every day and more than 1000 vehicles of this type are already travelling along Latvia's roads. Charging station availability is one of the prerequisites for the further increase in the number of electric vehicles.

The CSDD is currently developing a network of electric car charging stations on behalf of the Ministry of Transport in Latvia. Currently, there are 70 charging stations. More than a hundred charging stations will be available this year, but next year the number will reach 139.

The network shall be designed so that there is at least one charging station within a 30-50-kilometer radius when travelling on the main and regional roads.

This means that electric car owners can safely travel the whole country without problems.

In total, more than 1100 electric vehicles are registered in Latvia.  “We forecast that in 2030, these will be tens of thousands of cars, and then we will need thousands of charging points. And we are planning to create them,” said Kaspars Cikmačs, board member of electricity concern Latvenergo. The company plans to create 84 points by the end of next year.

Charging points are created, for example, at stores and offices. In the meantime, charging stations at all apartment buildings are still in future plans.

Kaspars Cikmačs said: “This is the biggest challenge in this sector. The good thing is there are a few more years ahead and there are other countries that are faster and we will be able to watch how it could be better implemented.”

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