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In the Moscow region, according to statistical data, the fleet of electric vehicles is actively growing. It is difficult to say an absolutely exact figure at the moment, but if you take Moscow and the region, then it will be in the region of 3000 cars. This, of course, is still a «drop in the sea», but as it is sung in one of the old Soviet cartoons «drop by drop, and the ocean …». Therefore, already today in Moscow and the Moscow region systematic work is underway to develop the charging infrastructure.

Currently, the number of charging ports in the metropolitan area is several hundred, which is very clearly visible on the map of the world aggregator of information on charging stations Plugshare. I emphasize that it is the charging ports, not the stations. This volume includes charging stations, which usually have 2-3 ports, as well as just sockets brought out specially for connecting electric vehicle connectors to them. Rosseti C # Moesk, # Mosenergo, # MGTS, Mosoblenergo are developing their branded networks here. And now the Moscow #deptrans has been added to their number, which has launched the Energy of Moscow program to create one of the largest networks of charging stations not only in Moscow, but also in Russia.

As part of the project «

To clarify some issues on the development of the Moscow Energy network, I turned to the Department of Transport for comments. They were answered by the head of the Energy of Moscow project, Alexandra Igorevna Shumskaya.

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Within the framework of the Energy of Moscow project, it is planned to place 600 chargers for electric vehicles by 2023. At the moment, 60 charging stations for electric vehicles have been installed, 34 of which are already in operation. Others are in the process of connecting. You can get acquainted with the map of the network of urban EZS in the «Moscow Transport» application or on the Unified Transport Portal.

The stations are installed near points of attraction: business centers, shopping centers, cafes, shops, socially significant objects. The wishes of residents are also taken into account, who can send their appeals to us through the portal using the link

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The network of city charging stations is based on equipment from Russian manufacturers.

3) Do you plan to increase the power of the charging stations from the current 22 kW? Let’s just say, according to modern times and technologies, these are not the fastest chargers.

We have already started installing fast charging stations for electric vehicles with a capacity of 50 kW. Naturally, we take into account the rapid development of technology and the increase in battery capacity, so we also plan to increase the capacity of the stations.

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Of course, we closely monitor compliance with traffic rules. Such places are only intended for recharging electric vehicles. Improper parking there makes it difficult to move and the ability to recharge electric vehicles.

From April 2021 to the present, MADI and AMPP have moved 2,822 cars parked under prohibitory signs at electric charging stations to special parking lots. Another 212 drivers were issued only fines, since they were either in the car or came to the place before the tow truck started to move.

5) Your website says «There is no charge for using the electric charging infrastructure.» So charging is free now? Is this a promo mode until the whole network is created? When do you plan to introduce charging fees and what will the tariff be? These are important questions, since many opponents of the development of the electromobility sphere will say that this «free» is at their expense.

At the moment, charging at city electric stations is free.

When planning a charging network for electric vehicles, we took into account the needs of residents. We are often asked to install charging stations near their office and home. We take these wishes into account when planning the network. Most of the chargers will appear in places where people most often spend their time: near shopping and business centers, grocery stores and cafes, near residential buildings. However, we cannot supply charging at every home of an electric car owner. Therefore, we choose massive places. So, for example, we will install charging on the right in the direction of travel from the center on major highways, so that it is convenient for drivers to charge an electric car on the way home.

6) Skeptics of electromobilization will of course ask «Where does the electricity come from?» Could you tell me what is the current energy balance in Moscow, and how much surplus it is, or vice versa?

Electricity generation is growing steadily, therefore, an increase in the volume of electricity consumption provides some support for the sustainability of this area. According to the data of power grid organizations, there is sufficient capacity in Moscow.

7) Several charging networks are developing in parallel in the Moscow region (Rosseti with MOESK, Mosenergo, MGTS, Mosoblenergo). Installing many applications will not be very convenient for future electric vehicles. Now there are IT platforms that combine information and the ability to connect and use chargers through one resource. What are your plans and policies in this direction?

As part of the project, the city creates conditions for the comfortable use of the EZS. All city stations, as well as, if desired, stations of other operators can be integrated into the #Moscow transport application. To connect to the charger, you need to download the application — and no cards or passes are needed. In the application, you can see the status of the station: free or busy, get directions, book and activate a charging session.

8) How do you see the strategic development of the network?

Today, the environmental issue is quite acute: the «green» agenda is pushing the automotive market to reduce # co2 emissions and increase the environmental class. The ecology and health of Muscovites is one of the priorities of the Transport Complex. To this end, # the city organizes a space where it is convenient to walk and travel by comfortable, environmentally friendly transport. Therefore, we are actively developing the #Moscow energy project, which is aimed at making transport more environmentally friendly and the air cleaner.

We understand that the development of electric transport directly depends on the development of the charging infrastructure. Therefore, the Department of Transport has developed a strategy to develop an affordable charging network. We are planning to install new types of charging stations in the city, which will allow electric car drivers to recharge their car while drinking coffee, that is, in 20 minutes. And thanks to the maintenance of the network throughout the entire life cycle, the charging stations will comply with international standards and be updated in a timely manner.

Thank you to Alexander Shumskaya for your answers. By the way, it’s nice that the network is developing so quickly that in one of my questions I missed a little with the number of installed and active charges. «


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