A ceremony was held at the branch “Rosseti Centre Belgorodenergo” to present crews of the Belgorodsky Distribution Zone with two cars with an electric motor based on Renault. The keys to the new vehicles to the Belgorod power engineers were handed over by Igor Makovskiy, General Director of Rosseti Centre - the managing organization of Rosseti Centre and Volga Region. The ceremony was attended by Deputy Governor of the Belgorod Region - Head of the Department of Economic Development Oleg Abramov.
This is the first experience of using electric cars for production needs of the Belgorod branch of Rosseti Centre. Equipping Belgorodenergo’s fleet with electric vehicles is part of the digital transformation program for the electric grid complex, implemented by the energy company in the region. “The Belgorod power engineers have made significant progress in building smart grids and digital transformation of the industry,” stressed Igor Makovskiy. “Now they will be among the first to test in operation, analyze and adapt the new crew electric vehicles for use on a domestic platform. We hope that they will work well in terms of environmental friendliness, cost-effectiveness and overall performance.”
“We effectively and fruitfully cooperate with the Rosseti Centre company, within the framework of the agreement signed a year ago, a number of large and significant projects for the region have already been implemented. We pay the most serious attention to environmental issues, so I want to thank the company for being one of the first to join the project to transfer vehicles to gas engine fuel. In the region there are privileges for cars of this type. This will make their operation more efficient and the environment cleaner,” emphasized Oleg Abramov.
New the eco-friendly cars will be transferred to the use of crews for electricity metering of the Belgorodsky Distribution Zone. The electric cars reach the speed of up to 130 kilometres per hour, accelerate to 100 km in 20 seconds. The rated power of the electric motor is equivalent to an engine of 60 horsepower. A 33 kWh lithium-ion battery is charged in 6 hours. For 100 kilometres the car consumes 15.5 kWh. Thus, in real conditions, in the warm season, the charge will be enough for 200 km, in the cold - for 120. This is enough for power engineers to carry out the daily amount of work in urban conditions. The electric cars can be charged both from a conventional network, and from a specialized outlet located at a charging station, which is installed on the territory of the Belgorodsky Distribution Zone.
The high cost of the electric car compared to a gasoline counterpart is offset by lower fuel costs, maintenance costs and a reduced transport tax rate.