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Domestic ultra-fast charging network for electric cars to be expanded

Hungary applied for nearly HUF 110 billion in funding for 17 projects under the European Network Facility for Transport (CEF2) call for proposals published last September.

The European Network Facility is a funding instrument to accelerate the deployment and modernization of trans-European networks. Now, five national development projects worth more than HUF 11 billion will be implemented. 

Four of them will promote the further penetration of clean and quiet electric cars by expanding the ultra-fast charging network and building the internal charging infrastructure of the capital’s airport, the Ministry of Innovation and Technology told MTI on Friday.

The project involves the preparation of the infrastructure development of 11 stations on five Transdanubian railway lines in order to ensure more efficient and faster mobility of military units and equipment. The investments will also serve to improve the quality of civilian passenger and freight transport. The grant awarded will cover the costs of feasibility studies and design, environmental and construction permits, and tender documents.

In Hungary, electric cars can currently be refueled from around 30 ultra-fast chargers with a capacity of at least 150 kilowatts (kW). A further 220 state-of-the-art charging points are now being built at around 70 sites in three company-initiated projects. 

At Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport, 165 e-charging stations will be installed for ground vehicles, airport staff and businesses. The investments will give a new boost to the uptake of climate-friendly vehicles in Hungary. 

Hungary has so far won funding worth HUF 680 billion for transport investments under the European Network Financial Instrument (EFFI) rounds.

Some HUF 355 billion of the CEF has already been used for transport developments in Hungary. Projects have included the Monostori Bridge on the Danube at Komárom, the widening of the M15 to four lanes, and the renovation of the Southern Link railway bridge. The CEF is also covering the environmental work for the domestic section of the Warsaw high-speed rail link with the Vienna junction. 

In the current open round, the European Commission and member state representatives will decide in the summer on funding for additional Hungarian project proposals, the ministry said.

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