70 elec­tric car recharge sta­tions to be built in Latvia

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70 elec­tric car recharge sta­tions are planned to be built in Latvia be­fore the mid­dle of 2018, as re­ported by Road Traf­fic Safety Di­rec­torate rep­re­sen­ta­tive Rolands Rumba.

He notes that the elec­tric car recharge sta­tion net­work project in­cluded a sur­vey of po­ten­tially suit­able lo­ca­tions along TEN-T roads and devel­op­ment of projects to en­sure safe con­nec­tion to power lines at lo­ca­tions cho­sen for recharge sta­tions.

The first stage of the project in­cludes the de­ploy­ment of 30 recharge sta­tions. Prepa­ra­tions for con­struc­tion and con­nec­tion to power lines have com­menced. An­other 40 sta­tions are planned to be built in sec­ond stage in 2018. 80 more sta­tions are planned to be built along re­gional roads be­tween 2019 and 2020.

Fast recharge sta­tions will be com­pat­i­ble with CSS (Combo 2) and CHAdeMO-type ports with max­i­mum recharge out­put of 50 kW and al­ter­na­tive cur­rent recharge us­ing Type2 ports with max­i­mum recharge out­put of up to 43 mW.

«Recharge time de­pends on mul­ti­ple fac­tors, in­clud­ing bat­tery ca­pac­ity, ex­ter­nal tem­per­a­ture, bat­tery tem­per­a­ture, and charge level at the time of recharge. For ex­am­ple, recharge time for elec­tric cars with bat­tery ca­pac­ity of 25 kW/h to 80% is 30 min­utes. After 80%, recharge speed drops sig­nif­i­cantly, and reach­ing 100% recharge may take three times more time, but that de­pends on the bat­tery used by the car,» CSDD ex­plains.

Ieva Lūka/LETA

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