Fortum has today opened a test field in front of its Keilaniemi headquarters to
test different charging station types for electric vehicles. New fast charging
stations decrease the existing charging time (six to eight hours) of electric
vehicles to about 15-20 minutes. An ultra-fast charging station has also been
installed in the test field, and when the station becomes available for
commercial purposes, it may decrease the charging time of electric vehicles to
just five minutes. The fast charging stations installed in Keilaniemi are
tested by vehicle importers, among others.
Merja Kyllönen, Minister of Transport, gave a speech at the opening seminar,
and the test field was opened by Jukka Mäkelä, Mayor of Espoo, who himself
drives an electric car. ERA, an electric Finnish sports car built by Metropolia
University of Applied Sciences, was also exhibited at the opening.
"Electric vehicles will be introduced very extensively in Scandinavia during
2012. Together with Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, we have shown
that it is already possible to charge an electric vehicle in five to ten
minutes. This means that the future is already here," says Johan Ander, the
head of Fortum's Charge & Drive business.
As part of the development work related to recharging infrastructure, Fortum is
introducing a new Charge & Drive concept that provides recharging services of
electric vehicles for companies and municipalities. Fortum Charge & Drive is a
turnkey solution where Fortum takes care of the installation, electricity,
maintenance and fault service of its customer's charging station. Charging
stations with a lock can be installed in indoor and outdoor facilities, and
they communicate through GPRS and 3G. The charging stations are conveniently
locked and unlocked with a mobile phone. The recharging stations are also
available via iPhone where users can download an app from the App Store free of
charge. The app is called Charge & Drive.
"A society that uses electric vehicles decreases carbon dioxide emissions,
which is important to us. That is why we have developed the Charge & Drive
concept. It is one of the most advanced solutions in the market, enabling the
easy charging of electric vehicles with a mobile phone," says Johan Ander.
"Charge & Drive has already been introduced in Finland, Sweden and Norway, and
it will soon also be introduced in the Baltics."
The goal of Fortum's new services and solutions related to electric vehicles is
to make it as easy as possible to introduce environmentally sound vehicles.
Fortum is preparing for the extensive introduction of electric vehicles by
designing and implementing the charging station network and the payment system.
Fortum is cooperating closely with the cities of Espoo, Kurikka and Stockholm,
and contributes to standardisation work related to the charging of electric
Fortum has more than 100 public charging stations in Scandinavia. For more
information on the charging stations and the Charge & Drive concept, please
Additional information: Juha Matikainen, R&D Manager, Fortum, phone: +358 50
Interview and photo requests: Elina Kokko, Communications Manager, Fortum,
phone: +358 40 733 9493