RIGA - Joint-stock energy provider Latvenergo, under its subsidiary Elektrum, plans to open at least 84 charging stations for electric cars by 2021, LETA was informed by Latvenergo spokeswoman Ivita Bidere.
A year ago, with the opening of three electric car charging stations, Latvenergo started a pilot project to evaluate the business opportunities in electric car charging and offered the most modern charging facilities in the country, which operate on commercial principles.
Charging stations where customers are offered green energy produced at Latvenergo's plants were opened in Riga and Jurmala. Since its opening, around 400 customers have obtained almost 75,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) at Elektrum's charging stations, which is more than 400,000 kilometers driven.
The number of Elektrum charging stations has also increased, reaching 21 ports at seven stations.
It is planned to open several more charging stations by the end of the year, but at least 50 next year. At the end of 2021, in Riga, as well as in Liepaja, Ventspils and other Latvian cities, there could be at least 84 Elektrum charging ports, some of which are implemented with cooperation partners.
Kaspars Cikmacs, a member of the board of Latvenergo, pointed out that the pilot project has given Latvenergo an opportunity to better understand the needs, wishes and habits of electric car owners, as well as market opportunities and development by expanding its operations into new markets.
Currently, more than 840 electric cars have been registered in Latvia, and their number continues to grow rapidly. According to Latvenergo, forecasts show that in 2030 there could be more than 30,000 electric cars in Latvia.