Although the number of electric cars on the Lithuanian roads cannot yet compete with their gasoline and diesel competitors, this number is steadily growing. A few years ago there were less than a hundred electric cars on the roads of the country, but today the number is about half a thousand. With an increasing number of electric cars, their charging is becoming an issue, which is now being solved by the company Renerga that is a part of UAB koncernas ACHEMOS GRUPĖ. The company is engaged in production of electricity from renewable sources of energy. The company has introduced two new fast charging stations in Druskininkai and Klaipėda.
According to Mindaugas Juodis, director of Renerga, it was decided to build charging stations in very convenient locations – in Klaipėda next to the Central Klaipėda Terminal (at Baltijos ave. 40) and in Druskininkai next to the hotel Grand Spa Lietuva (at Taikos str. 14). This decision was encouraged by the changing composition of vehicles on the streets of Lithuania.
“It’s easy to charge electric car in Vilnius, but if you try to go from the capital to Klaipėda, that would be a big challenge. The trip should be calculated very carefully, and even if you can find a place to charge your electric car, it may take a few hours. We think that the network of charging stations (especially fast charging) should be expanded. We operate in the field of renewable sources of energy, thus we promote environmental sustainability and our goal is to contribute to the increase of the number of electric cars on the roads and to their infrastructure”, explained Juodis.
According to the director of Renerga, the new stations are manufactured by the world-renowned Taiwanese company DELTA Electronics, which offers the most advanced and powerful charging stations on the market.
Four electric cars can be charged at the charging station at the same time. The charging stations are equipped with two fast charging DC connectors (up to 120 kW) and two AC connectors (up to 43 kW). In addition, each station has a simple plug outlet with a power connection up to 22 kW.
“Although batteries of electric cars may require different charging times depending on the car’s brand, our tests have shown that drivers can charge their eco-friendly vehicles within an average of 15 to 20 minutes”, says Juodis.
Drivers will be able to pay for the electricity via mobile application Virta, where they have to enter their credit card information. This application helps to easily find charging stations and to start charging with just a few clicks.
“We hope that the number of consumers using our fast charging stations will grow steadily. Our company is focused on sustainable development, so we are not going to limit ourselves to these two stations. We are currently looking for locations for new fast charging stations and we plan to build them in the near future”, says the director of Renerga.
According to the data of the State Enterprise Regitra, there were 535 electric cars registered in Lithuania as of September 1, 2017. A little more than a year ago, in November, 2016, this number was 337. The most popular electric cars in Lithuania are Nissan Leaf, BMW i3 and Tesla Model S.
UAB Renerga is a part of UAB koncernas ACHEMOS GRUPĖ and manages a company of green energy Renerga-1. Renerga is engaged in the production of electricity from wind, water and sun. The company manages hydroelectric power plants of Pastrėvis and Kavarskas and the wind farm Benaičiai-1 as well as experimental small wind and solar power plants located next to the wind farm.