Budapest, August 21 (MTI) – A Hungarian-made electric car charging station was inaugurated in Budapest, on Sunday during the Budapest leg of the 80edays around the world race in electric cars.
Economy Minister Mihály Varga said at the event that the new station was the first one in what will soon be a network of electric car charging stations around the country.
Earlier this week the economy ministry launched a tender offering 1.25 billion (EUR 4m) forints of non-refundable grants to municipalities governing cities with at least 15,000 inhabitants for establishing charging stations for electric cars.
The ministry estimates that nearly 1,000 charging stations can be built with the help of the grant, Varga noted.
He also noted that the government granted Budapest 4 billion forints to purchase 20 electric buses. These buses have been on the roads for three months, he added.
Csaba Mészáros, the president of Hungary’s Evopro group, said electric car owners will be able to charge their vehicles within 15-20 minutes at the newly-inaugurated station. The station is the result of two years of hard work by ten Hungarian SMEs and the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, he said.
Economy ministry state secretary István Lepsényi said the government is working to increase Hungary’s contribution to the spread of electromobility.