The first electric vehicle charging station in the town of Sveti Ivan Zelina was opened on 22 April 2016 to mark the Earth Day. It is integrated in the electric vehicle charging station network of Zagreb County and it is the 100th electric vehicle charging station in the Republic of Croatia.
The town of Sveti Ivan Zelina has hence joined the reputable group of towns and cities that provide available public electric vehicle charging stations, which will be an additional incentive for the purchase and use of electric vehicles.
Electric vehicle charging station network in Zagreb County comprises 13 electric vehicle charging stations installed in 9 towns or cities. One electric vehicle charging station has been installed in the towns of Sveti Ivan Zelina, Dugo Selo, Ivanić Grad, Sveta Nedjelja, Vrbovec, Zaprešić, Samobor, and Jastrebarsko, whilst Velika Gorica provides five electric vehicle charging stations. The EV charging station network is connected and integrated with the national electric vehicle charging station system of Hrvatski Telekom that provides access to end-users through a unique T-RFID tag.
A list of all the available electric vehicle charging stations, the current status, and a comprehensive user guide is available at www.puni.hr portal, a unique regional e-Roaming platform connecting over 300 electric vehicle charging stations in the territory of the Republic of Croatia and in the neighbouring Slovenia. A personalised T-RFID tag is required to access all the electric vehicle charging stations integrated in the HT portfolio. The T-RFID tag is obtained by submitting an application to the following e-mail address: email@example.com.
The project has been co-financed by Zagreb County, the Cities, and the Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund.
„We have become involved in this project aiming to modernise transport in the territory of the Zagreb County, whilst simultaneously contributing to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, increasing energy effectiveness and environmental protection, as well as reducing noise levels. Moreover, we are striving to highlight the fact that we are actively considering and thinking about our future. Our specific objective is to co-finance the construction and put into operation e-charging stations in 9 towns and cities and 3 municipalities by the end of 2016,” pointed out the County Prefect Stjepan Kožić, adding that he hoped the Zagreb County will become the leading Croatian county in the field of e-mobility, as well as in the construction of smart infrastructure.
Sveti Ivan Zelina Mayor Hrvoje Košćec pointed out: „We have become involved in e-mobility project for several reasons. Our principal motive was to encourage citizens to purchase and use electric vehicles. Moreover, the location of the town of Sveti Ivan Zelina is also excellent concerning transport connections, and hence during the summer season we are expecting this electric vehicle charging station will be an additional reason for visitors to stop for a while in Zelina on the way to their desired destinations. It is also an opportunity to present our tourism programme, and I am convinced once they have seen all the beauties of this region and once they have tasted our local specialties and wines, they will decide to visit us again.”
„The Fund has recognised the importance of the creation of a sustainable transport system and we have hence strived to include in our programmes several activities aimed at increasing transport energy effectiveness. During the last two years, we have secured around HRK 73 million for similar projects. We have co-financed the purchase of 1,500 electric and hybrid vehicles providing HRK 50 million, whilst we have also provided HRK 24 million for the project entitled Green Line, aimed at improving energy effectiveness in transport within national parks and nature parks. Moreover, an additional HRK 8 million was used to provide support to city bike sharing programmes, electric bicycles, smart traffic lights, and around 20 charging stations, including the one we are currently opening in Zelina,” stressed Filip Brkljača from the Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund.
„Through the grand opening of the 100th electric vehicle charging station in the town of Sveti Ivan Zelina today we are marking five years of e-mobility in Croatia. Hrvatski Telekom, as a technology leader and partner of local government units, as well as of private investors, has managed to recognise the irreversible trend of decarbonisation of urban mobility on time and, in co-operation with industrial partners, it has provided a fully-integrated and the most numerous network of electric vehicle charging stations comprising of 40 available public electric vehicle charging stations, located in 18 Croatian cities. Since July 2015 HT electric vehicle charging station network has provided end-users of electric vehicles with over 100,000 ‘green’ kilometres,” emphasised Dino Novosel, who is in charge of the e-mobility project at HT.
Electric vehicle users opting to use electric vehicle charging stations in Zagreb County are provided the opportunity of free charging services till further notice. All the electric vehicle charging stations in Zagreb County are open 24 hours a day.