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3 Jun 2019

Belarus, UNDP discuss project to explore electric transport prospects in Belarus

Belarus, UNDP discuss project to explore electric transport prospects in Belarus

MINSK, 3 June (BelTA) -  The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the UNDP are discussing an international technical assistance project to explore the prospects for the development of electric transport in Belarus, the head of the department for  environmental policy, international cooperation and science at the ministry Yekaterina Kuznetsova said at a press conference “Introducing green technologies to improve the quality of life in cities and regions of Belarus”, BelTA has learned.

Experts will evaluate how the EV charging infrastructure influences the number of electric vehicles in cities. The ministry looks forward to receiving the first results in 1-1.5 years. “The issue requires serious scientific calculations. We are now preparing for this,” Yekaterina Kuznetsova noted.

At the end of last year Belarus approved a program to develop the public EV infrastructure network which is  to be implemented in three phases. The first phase (up to 2021 inclusive) involves setting up around 430 charging stations in Minsk, highest priority places in the regional cities and on M and M/E motorways. The second phase (2022-2025) will see the number of electric vehicles increase to more than 10,000 and the third phase (2026-2030) to more than 25,000.

By 2030 Belarus intends to set up more than 1,3000 charging stations, including 1,224 in population centers and 80 on all the major highways with a distance of 50-70km between the two closest stations. Plans are in place  to install 25 super fast charging stations in Minsk and regional cities, main highways with 120-150km between the two closest stations.

The Belarusian industrial group Belorusneft has been authorized to set up and develop a network of charging stations for electric vehicles. The program is financed by the operator.

 

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