Hungary readies for EVs with new charging column in Budapest
The column has been installed by ELMÜ-ÉMÁSZ and is one of 10 new public charging points that are to be installed as part of the European Union’s Green eMotion project. ELMÜ-ÉMÁSZ Board of Directors Member Zoltán Kövesdi stated that private persons have been allowed to use charging columns free of charge and this will continue until the end of the year. The company currently has 20 public charging points in Budapest, while 14 more are at shopping centres and garages.
The column forms part of the Ányos Jedlik Programme being run by the Ministry for National Economy and will lay down the guidelines for the introduction of the electric car support system and the Government intends to establish alliance with the companies that are active in this field, said, Minister of State for Economic Regulation Kristóf Szatmáry.
Minister of State for Infrastructure from the Ministry of National Development Pál Völner added that by the middle of the century only zero-emission vehicles will be allowed to be driven in cities, driving plans to increase the number of charging points in the upcoming EU fiscal period.
Minister of State for Environmental Affairs Zoltán Illés said that in most Western European countries states subsidize the purchasing of electric cars and further funding is provided for charging with “green” electric power. This is the direction the next Government will be also heading in.