September 15, 2020 – Split is on its way to becoming a ‘Smart City’ as the Split Mayor opens new charging stations for electric cars.
Split.hr reports that at the intersection of Domovinskog rata and Varazdinska ulica, the mayor of Split, Andro Krstulovic Opara, and the president of the Management Board of Hrvatska elektroprivreda, Frane Barbaric, officially put into operation a new charging station for electric cars. The honor of charging the first electric car at this jubilee, 200th ELEN charging station in Croatia, went to the mayor of Split.
“Publicly available charging stations on Simiceva Street and Brodarica, then the one we put into operation today, are just part of the electric charging stations for cars that are coming to the Split area, and there will be as many as 22 by the end of the year. A smart city is our concept for Split’s future, where the electrification of traffic is a significant segment of development. This is a strong step towards that goal. This is a pledge of the green future of Split and a pledge of smart development of the city in the future,” said Krstulovic Opara.
HEP leader Frane Barbaric stated that the investment cycle of setting up charging stations in Split, as well as in Split-Dalmatia County, is currently worth over 12 million kuna. Barbaric especially thanked the Mayor of Split and the City of Split’s competent services for the successful implementation of the e-mobility project. Split-Dalmatia County prefect Blazenko Boban also expressed satisfaction with HEP’s plans for the electrification of road traffic, saying that other investments in the field of energy development of Dalmatia and the islands are by no means negligible.
The HEP charging station that opened on Monday is 50 kW; it was set up based on an agreement between HEP and the City of Split and has three standard connections that can be used by all electric vehicles currently on the market. HEP financed the installation of 200 ELEN filling stations throughout Croatia with its own funds and funds from EU funds.