The construction of charging infrastructure relies on the modification and development of charging stations in car parks, rest areas, restaurants, petrol stations and related services alongside main roads. This means that, while the vehicle is charging, there is somewhere to eat and drink, or a playground nearby so that the kids can get some exercise. Marián Nič also dismisses worries that electricity distribution systems will be adversely impacted by the potential rapid roll-out of eMobility in some countries: “Most power companies and experts in the Czech Republic and surrounding countries have said that plans for the construction of charging infrastructure pose no real risk that the distribution systems will be overloaded or that there will be blackouts.”
Arguably, the Czech Republic and Poland are the Central European countries that have made the most progress in building up charging infrastructure. “However, compared to the Netherlands or Germany, Central European countries are still lagging behind in the density of the charging point network already up and running, and in the construction of new chargers,” says Nič, adding that this is particularly evident on motorways.