12/25/2019 / 16:36
BANJALUKA – Citizens of Banja Luka will pay over 7,500 KM for electricity used to charge electric vehicles this year, because this local community is the only one in BiH to honor the drivers of these rather expensive vehicles at the expense of the budget. CAPITAL.
It should be reminded that at the end of 2018, the city installed three chargers at two locations, which it received as a donation from the company “Malbasic”, which at the time owned the electric car itself.
These are medium-speed chargers with an installed capacity of 22 kilowatts, which can charge a car's battery in about two hours.
However, it turned out that the donation was not cheap at all in Banja Luka because the city invested 40,000 thousand KM in installing them and then paying for the “poured” electricity from the budget from cars.
Project technical documentation was paid 3.000 KM, cables and switchboard 18.000 KM, and for construction works only 12.000 KM were allocated.
On all of these, signage directing towards the Chargers was set up at seven locations, costing the citizens 7,000 KM.
Otherwise, the cost will be even higher in a year because the warranty period, which included free maintenance and repair of the appliance, will expire.
“Charging is currently free. According to the information we have available, these are the only chargers on public surfaces in BiH that have free charging for users“, They told CAPITAL from the Banja Luka city administration.
Free energy is mainly used by tourists who visit Banja Luka, since the majority of Republika Srpska residents do not have enough money to buy them.
This was the case today when the expensive “Tesla” of Slovenian license plates was affixed to one of the three chargers located at this location in Vidovdanska Street, whose price often exceeds 100,000 KM depending on the engine and equipment.
We have not specified when the citizens will pay for expensive toys of the rich. Most Banja Luka residents believe that as a token of goodwill, it was enough to free drivers from paying for parking, because those who can afford these cars can certainly extract a few brands for charging the battery.
Sasa Lazic, an independent councilor in the city assembly, agrees with that CAPITAL says the city government should go in that direction.
He believes that the data on the consumption of electricity of 7,500 KM was simply overstated.
“According to the information I have available, the amount for electricity consumption is ten times lower at the year level. This information stems from the fact that, on average, only one car is charged per day, and the price of this service is in the range of two to three marks. The math is clear“Says Lazic.
He says free battery charging can only be maintained with rigorous control of power consumption.
Despite the fact that the electric car market has literally exploded in recent years, fossil fuel vehicles remain at the forefront of domestic drivers.
According to official data, only one electric vehicle was registered in Republika Srpska, while only a dozen were imported to BiH this year.
CAPITAL: Dejan Tovilovic