Four leading energy companies and two car manufacturers have joined forces to make charging and driving electric vehicles seamless in Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia and Romania.


Basic project information

Project duration: 2017-2021

Value of the eligible costs of the entire project: EUR 22,170,000 

Maximum amount of co-financing (85%): EUR 18,844,500

  • Petrol Group companies (Petrol d.d. from Slovenia and Petrol d.o.o. from Croatia)
  • E.ON Group companies (Západoslovenská energetika, Slovakia, consortium leader; E.ON Czech Republic; E.ON Hungary and E.ON Romania)
  • MOL Group companies (MOL Czech Republic; Slovnaft Slovakia; MOL Hungary; MOL Romania; MOL Slovenia; Tifon Croatia)
  • Hrvatska elektroprivreda (HEP)
  • Nissan
  • BMW

The project is co-funded by the Connecting Europe Facility.

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A pilot network of 222 fast and 30 ultra-fast charging stations

The NEXT-E project brings together 4 leading energy companies to join forces with car manufacturers to create a pan-European network of EV charging infrastructure. The NEXT-E consortium has secured €18.84 million in EU funding for the project. This is one of the largest grants for electricity infrastructure from the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility.

The consortium of 15 partners has developed a pilot network of 222 fast (50 kW) and 30 ultra-fast (150-350 kW) charging stations along the TEN-T, Orient/East-Med, Baltic-Adriatic, Mediterranean and Rhine-Danube core network corridors and the core network in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia and Romania.

The charging infrastructure that has been put in place is connected and interoperable with existing pan-European EV infrastructure and urban hubs.

20 EV charging stations in Slovenia, 16 in Croatia and improved roaming

In Slovenia, Petrol d.d. installed 16 fast and 4 ultra-fast charging stations and carried out pilot installations of a battery storage in combination with an ultra-fast charging station at the Kozina point of sale. In Croatia, Petrol d.o.o. installed a further 14 fast and 2 ultra-fast charging stations.

The project also enabled the modernisation of the entire ICT system for the management of charging stations and the provision of charging services, as well as the deployment of Petrol’s charging infrastructure on a new hosting platform. This has provided Slovenian and Croatian drivers with a better experience using the OneCharge app and access to thousands of EV charging stations in Europe, while foreign drivers have been offered hassle-free roaming on Petrol’s charging infrastructure in Slovenia and Croatia.  

Developing the Trans-European Transport Network

The NEXT-E project contributes to the European Union’s objectives for the future development of the Trans-European Transport Network. It is part of a global effort to accelerate the deployment of multi-purpose electric vehicle charging infrastructure in line with the national implementation frameworks and the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive.

An important step towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

With its strategy until 2025, Petrol is committed to a decisive energy transition in order to co-create a green future. The development of new solutions in the field of electromobility and mobility services is an important pillar of Petrol’s sustainable and innovative business.

The completed project thus contributes to Petrol’s strategic sustainability goals, national energy and climate targets and the European climate neutrality target (including the EU’s interim target of reducing emissions by at least 55% by 2030).