Enefit Volt, the electric vehicle (EV) charging subsidiary of Estonia's state-owned energy company, Eesti Energia, has inked a major deal with the prominent Lithuanian supermarket chain, Norfa. Under this collaboration, Enefit Volt is set to deploy a substantial network of 250 EV charging stations at 107 Norfa locations throughout Lithuania.
The ambitious charging infrastructure project is anticipated to reach completion by the end of 2024. Each charging station will be equipped with two connections, providing a comprehensive solution for Norfa's customers seeking convenient and accessible EV charging options. The charging points will comprise a versatile mix of alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) chargers, boasting outputs ranging from 22 to 320 kilowatts.
One of the noteworthy aspects of this initiative is Enefit Volt's commitment to fully finance the entire project, signaling a substantial investment of over €10 million in charging infrastructure in Lithuania over the next two years. This significant financial commitment underscores the company's dedication to promoting sustainable mobility solutions and fostering EV adoption in the region.
The deployment of these charging stations is made possible, in part, through various subsidies received by Enefit Volt. Notably, the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) has played a crucial role, with funds allocated in both the previous and current years facilitating the expansion of fast and ultra-fast chargers.
Aljona Jakovleva, Commercial Manager at Enefit Volt, highlighted the importance of such collaborations and subsidies in driving the deployment of fast and ultra-fast chargers. The strategic use of financial support enables Enefit Volt to implement projects on a large scale, contributing significantly to the evolution of EV infrastructure.
Eesti Energia, through its subsidiary Enefit Volt, already operates close to 200 public charging points in Estonia and is now poised for expansion beyond national borders. The company has ambitious plans to venture into Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland in the coming year, with a robust vision for the Lithuanian market. Enefit Volt aims to establish over 1,000 charging stations in Lithuania alone by the year 2026, marking a substantial contribution to the sustainable mobility landscape in the region.