It is now possible to drive between Kyiv and Odessa by electric vehicle with just a couple of stops for coffee lasting between 20 and 40 minutes. DTEK has installed four STRUM high-speed charging stations on the Odessa highway at a distance of 100-150 km from each other, at various convenient locations.
“Until now, electric vehicles have been hostage to big cities, where the vast majority of fast charging stations are located. Opportunities to travel by electric vehicle in Ukraine have been limited. Now you can get to the sea or to the capital, making several stops for recharging. Our stations with a capacity of 50 kW charge a car battery up to 80% in 20-40 minutes”, said Igor Kovalev, STRUM network project manager.
You can find a free charging station in the capital or on the highway through the smartphoneapplication STRUM Charging. The multi-format stations are the latest generation from the European manufacturer ABB, and they’re capable of charging any electric vehicle (directly or through an adapter) and simultaneously charge two cars.
“Traveling from the capital to the sea will cost an average of 300 to 600 UAH. But it’s not just about cost-savings for Ukrainians, they want the environmental benefits too. By developing a STRUM infrastructure, we can help them choose to travel more extensively by electric vehicle”, continuedKovalev.
By the end of this summer, the STRUM network will grow to 23 high-speed charging stations. 10 stations have been working in Kyiv for a year in the parking lots of the largest shopping and business centers. Another 13 stations will be installed from June to August. DTEK’s investment in the development of charging infrastructure has already reached more than 20 million UAH, and with the completion of the installation of stations on the highways, it will increase to 30 million UAH.