En+ Group installs electric vehicle charging stations in Irkutsk

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november, 2020

Fully aligned to En+’s focus on climate action, the programme will support Russia’s growing clean energy vehicle market

11 November 2020 – En+ Group, the world’s leading producer of low carbon aluminium and largest private sector generator of clean hydropower energy, is installing a network of charging stations for electric vehicles in Irkutsk, Siberia. The initiative to support the growth of clean energy vehicle use is fully aligned with the Group’s strategic focus on climate action.

Three pilot electric filling stations will be launched by En+ Group in December 2020 in Irkutsk and in the village of Listvyanka on the shore of Lake Baikal. In the initial stage, En+ Group is installing electric filling stations for “fast” charging of electric vehicles using CHAdeMO and CCS Combo (Type 2) connectors at DC with a power of 50 kW. Fast charging makes it possible reach 80% battery capacity within 20 minutes. In 2020, En+ Group plans to invest more than RUB 10 million in the pilot launch of the project.

Further development of the network of "fast" chargers in Irkutsk and the Irkutsk region will be subject to the continued growth of the local EV market. The region has seen a significant increase in EV use over the past 3 years. While Russia currently represents less than 1% of the world’s electric vehicle market, according to McKinsey this grew by two times in 2019 with the greatest number of EV owners located in Siberia’s Irkutsk region.

In the medium term, En+ plans to install "fast" chargers along motorways in the direction of Baikalsk and Khuzhir and the Olkhonsky district.

Mikhail Khardikov, head of En+ Group’s energy business, said
“As a responsible corporate citizen, En+’s primary aim for this project is to help improve air quality in our local communities. Our hope is that with the launch of these charging complexes, the number of electric vehicles used in the Irkutsk region will continue to grow, helping to reduce local pollution and the region’s overall contribution to climate change. En+ is ready to expand the network of stations in response to demand."

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