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325 charging stations for electric vehicles are coming to Thessaloniki

Infrastructure, such as charging stations, presupposes the development of electric mobility in Greece. Some of these infrastructures are rushed to be created by the country’s municipalities with funding through special programs, such as the “Green Fund”.

Electric vehicles that emit virtually no pollutants are a bet for all states in an effort to protect the environment.

In Greece, the electric car case unfolds a series of conditions that must exist, such as infrastructure , in order for drivers to be able to “get ahead”.

Municipalities are called upon to create charging points.

One of these necessary infrastructures is the Charging Points of Electric Vehicles (SFIO) which municipalities are called to create.

In fact, one of the conditions is one charging point per 1,000 inhabitants.

As a first step, the state through the well-known “Green Fund” finances studies that the municipalities must do in order to spatially identify the points where the SFIO can be made and then to construct them.

Thessalonik has the issue of electrification high on the agenda.

Besides, the mayor himself, Konstantinos Zervas, from the first day of taking office, moves with an electric car which he charges in the underground parking lot of the City Hall, which is managed by a private company.

The battle of electric mobility in Greece

In addition, the municipality of Thessaloniki has set as a priority the purchase of the first 10 electric cars that will be used for its needs.

It will create three charging points for these vehicles at the town hall, the Waste Transfer Station (SMA) and the depot.

At the same time, the municipality will conduct a study to create 325 charging points within its administrative boundaries. However, Thessaloniki is a densely populated city and finding all these places is a complete “headache”.

As the Deputy Mayor of Finance, Michalis Koupkas, said to Sputnik Hellas, this issue is “the first priority for the administration of the Municipality”. He emphasized that “we approve any plan to reduce the environmental footprint”.

“The 325 points will be outdoors and of course will be discussed through consultation with all stakeholders in the city. We consider that the electric drive is the tomorrow of vehicles”, Koupkas explained.

Tourist advantage

In the municipality of Aristotelis in Halkidiki, the “Green Fund” has approved financing for studying the creation of 20 Charging Points for Electric Vehicles for 39,680 euros.

The mayor of Aristotelis, Stelios Valianos, speaking to Sputnik Hellas, said that the creation of charging points is a matter of first priority for the region, both for the service of the residents who will buy electric vehicles and for the tourists.

“Tourists come to our area by road, both Greeks and foreigners. So imagine our advantage for the tourist to see that we have charging points for their electric car. They will prefer us and will come to us for vacations”, Valianos underlined.

From the conduct of the study, in addition to the spatial planning of the points, as the mayor explains, the shortcomings that may exist in relation to the electricity network will be identified.

electric car charging station.
Electric car charging station.

“Through the study we will find out if in the selected points, there is the corresponding infrastructure from the PPC network,” he said.

“That is, pillars or columns that should be connected to the charging system or to the fast charging system of vehicles,” he added.

“If there is no possibility of connection with the PPC network, it should be created”, concluded Valianos.