Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers have adopted the ordinance "On the establishment of a network of high-speed vehicle electric charging stations by SE NNEGC Energoatom". According to the document, nuclear utility Energoatom will be the customer for the creation of the network. Energoatom President Petro Kotin stressed that the utility has significant capabilities for the production of affordable and clean electricity, which can be supplied to new segments of the domestic market, to meet the growing needs of domestic motor carriers for affordable electricity, as well as fast and convenient charging of electric vehicles anywhere in Ukraine. For Energoatom, this also means an entry into the retail market of electricity sales, which will significantly increase its capitalisation.

The project to establish a national network envisages the construction of 120 vehicle electric charging stations within two years: 40 high capacity (160+ KW) and 80 medium capacity (60+ KW) in regional centres and on the main highways. In June Energoatom and JSB Ukrgasbank signed a Memorandum of Partnership and Cooperation, agreeing to start the joint implementation of the project to create a national network of electric charging stations using the financial capabilities of Ukrgasbank and the production and technical potential of Energoatom as Ukraine’s largest power producer.

Image: The stations that drivers will use to charge their vehicles (courtesy of Energoatom)