In order to develop the network of electric vehicle charging accesses in a smooth and coordinated manner, the Ministry of Transport and Communications creates and presents the map of the existing public electric vehicle charging infrastructure and its development until 2030, which will be regularly updated. It will be important for the public sector, municipalities and operators of public electric vehicle charging accesses, and will also benefit electric vehicle users. Today, the Minister of Transport and Communications Marius Skuodis presented at the Ministry the map to the representatives of municipalities, operators and potential developers.
“I invite you to use the new map as a roadmap that will allow you to plan and ensure the development of an electric vehicle charging access infrastructure and network that will meet the growing needs of the country and residents, and allow you to travel comfortably with electric vehicles through the cities and across Lithuania. We invite and encourage operators to actively invest and develop the charging network for electric vehicles in Lithuania,” said Marius Skuodis, the Minister of Transport and Communications.
Currently, the map provides information on the existing and planned public electric vehicle charging accesses to state roads and municipalities in the country. Constantly updated map information will be useful and relevant for public electric vehicle charging access operators and municipalities. This will allow the public sector to monitor and coordinate the planning and development of the existing charging infrastructure.
The development plans are shown on the map by the sections of the main highways that are part of the TEN-T Trans-European Transport Network marked on the map, where the development of public charging infrastructure for electric vehicles is planned every 60 km.
Most of the map information consists of municipal data on the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles existing on their local roads and infrastructure planned to be installed before 2030. The development plans have been prepared by all municipalities in the country, with a total estimated need of more than 5,000 accesses. The plans were prepared in consultation with the energy distribution operator and coordinated with the Ministry of Transport and Communications to ensure that the development of the infrastructure is in line with the growth in the number of electric vehicles and is sufficient throughout the country.
The municipalities have planned the public charging infrastructure for electric vehicles near densely populated areas, shopping, leisure and entertainment centres, healthcare and educational institutions, etc. In the largest cities of Lithuania, public charging accesses of regular and medium power are planned near residential apartment buildings. The largest development of public infrastructure is planned in Vilnius, Klaipėda and Kaunas.
Potential operators are already being invited to develop and expand the electric vehicle charging infrastructure near national roads and in municipalities. The development is planned in three stages – the initiative of private operators without state aid, the initiative of private operators and municipalities with state aid, and the arrangement of the remaining uncovered areas at the initiative of the state or municipalities.
The new map is developed taking into account the development of electric vehicle charging accesses provided for in the Law on Alternative Fuels – before 2025, it is planned to install 1,200, and before 2030 – 6,000 public and semi-public accesses in Lithuania. There are currently about 600 public electric vehicle charging accesses in the country.
The growing demand for charging access is determined by the rapid growth in the number of electric vehicles – as at 1 April of this year, there were 9,240 registered electric vehicles in the country. In less than a year and a half, from 1 January 2020, the number of electric vehicles increased by almost 4 times. It is estimated that by 2025, their number is expected to increase to 50,000, and by 2030 – to 240,000.
It is expected to allocate approx. 16 mln euros from the European Union’s investment programmes for 2021-2027 for the creation and development of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, with 61.5 mln euro investments planned in 2022-2026 under the Economic Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). In addition, the financial products provided by the created Sustainable Mobility Fund, in the form of loans or guarantees, will also be available for the fastest possible development of charging stations.
Pranešimą paskelbė: Dalia Perednienė, LR Susisiekimo ministerija