The "filling station", which is freely accessible to the public, was inaugurated by the Minister for Rural Development Sándor Fazekas, who said the charging station facilitates the increased use of electric vehicles.
Fidesz MEP Béla Glattfelder, who also attended the ceremony, stressed that the European Union promotes the use of renewable energy resources. It was in this spirit that the EU Directive that aims to achieve the widespread use of electric vehicles within the European Union was developed. Accordingly, 7 thousand such electric car charging stations will be installed throughout the country by 2020.
Minister of State for Environmental Affairs Zoltán Illés told Hungarian news agency MTI that the Government was committed to create conditions necessary for the widespread use of electrically powered vehicles in Hungary. One of the steps in this process is that the Ministry for Rural Development is the very first public administration body to have acquired electric cars, and their number is expected to grow in the future as funding becomes available.
Zoltán Kövesdi, member of the Board of Directors of the Hungarian electricity company ELMŰ, told reporters that the Group has been supporting the initiative of increasing the numbers of electric vehicles in Hungary since 2010, and accordingly, ELMŰ is providing free energy to people with electric cars through the new charging pylons. The company's plans to install several new electric car charging stations in Budapest this year; he pointed out that the cost of a single pylon is HUF 1.5 million. ELMŰ promoting the use of electric bicycles as well.
(MTI - Press Office of the Ministry of Rural Development – hungarianambiance.com)