Latvia to add 235 EV charging stations by 2022

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To promote environmentally friendly transportation and thus reduce pollution and use of fossil fuels, there are plans to create an EV charging station network by constructing 235 such stations throughout Latvia, the Ministry of Transport told LETA news agency on Thursday.

The funding required for this is estimated to be at €8.34m, of which €7.09m would come from the European Regional Development Fund while €1.25m from the state budget.

The infrastructure will be created on two levels - on a national and a regional level. The first level concerns European Transport network (TEN-T) roads, on which 60 EV charging stations are to be built, with no more than 30 km separating one station from another.

The second level concerns regional roads that connect TEN-T roads. A total of 175 EV charging stations are to be built by these roads, with no more than 50 km separating one station from another. One charging station will be built per 1,000 inhabitants in cities with more than 5,000 inhabitants.

The national infrastructure is to be built by the end of 2020, while the regional level infrastructure should be done by August 31, 2022.

There are currently 11 EV charging stations in Latvia. Six of them are located in Rīga, and one each in Sigulda, Gulbene, Tērvete and Talsu regions.

There were 194 registered electric vehicles by December 31, 2014. It is planned that the new stations will bring the number up to 747.

Neighboring Estonia already has a national network of 165 charging stations.

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