Fortum Charge & Drive opened an innovative electric car charging facility at the Vulkan parking garage in central Oslo in December 2016. It has over 100 charging stations available for customers.
The battery reserve installed in the garage balances power loads in order to avoid putting strain on the power grid during times of high usage. The solution makes it possible for parking garages to set up large EV charging facilities without having to make expensive and time-consuming upgrades to the power grid. The installation is prepared for “vehicle to grid,” meaning that power can be transferred both to and from the batteries of the charging cars. The charging facility will be further developed in the first half of 2017 to enable a choice in charging speed – from 3.6 to 22 kW – and to pre-book a charging slot.
The new charging facility was built in cooperation with the property owner and the city of Oslo. The facility is helping Oslo to reach its ambitious climate goals, which include cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2020 and 95% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.
Fortum Charge & Drive is a pioneer in electric vehicle charging. In total, the network consists of 1,200 affiliated smart chargers. The Charge & Drive cloud-based business system is already used by about 50 partners in the Nordic countries and nearly 40,000 end customers.