FORTUM CORPORATION PRESS RELEASE 22 December 2015
Fortum has been granted funds to fill the main thoroughfares of southern Norway with 77 new fast chargers, to help EV users travel between Norway’s biggest cities.
Earlier this year Enova, a Norwegian government enterprise responsible for promotion of environmentally friendly production and consumption of energy, advertised grants for construction of charging stations along six national transport corridors in Norway. Fortum has now been granted the funds for all six highway stretches, for a total funding of 10.5 million NOK (about 1.1 MEUR).
The six transport corridors are:
• E18 Oslo-Grenland-Kristiansand – 12 new fast chargers
• E39 Kristiansand-Stavanger – 9 new fast chargers
• E16 Oslo-Bergen – 20 new fast chargers
• RV7 Hønefoss-Gol and RV52 Gol-Borlaug – 6 new fast chargers
• E6 Oslo-Trondheim – 14 new fast chargers
• RV3 Kolomoen-Ulsberg – 16 new fast chargers
Each location will enable charging for all types of electric vehicles.
Enova’s requirements entail that Fortum must establish charging locations every 50 kilometers. In total, 77 new fast chargers will be installed in 44 different locations. In 37 of the locations there are no charging possibilities today, the rest will be extended from one to two chargers. Fortum’s Norwegian charging network currently has more than 320 chargers, of which 160 are fast chargers.
Exact locations of all chargers will be made official by May 1st.
– This brings the Norwegian charging infrastructure into a new phase. We look forward to providing EV users a much greater freedom and a cure for range anxiety, as we build more charging stations between the largest cities in the country, says Jan Haugen Ihle, Country Manager for Fortum Charge & Drive in Norway.
There are fast chargers from several different operators along most of the sections as of today, but not enough for a predictable EV journey between the cities of Bergen, Oslo, Trondheim, Kristiansand and Stavanger.
In this project Fortum collaborates with, among others Renault, McDonald's, Ringerikskraft and BKK. RBI Norway (Renault) covers the cost of all semi fast chargers.
Jan Haugen Ihle, Country Manager for Fortum Charge & Drive Norway, tel. +47 907 45 215
Audhild Kvam, Commercial Director at Enova, +47 951 37 086
Fortum Charge & Drive
Fortum Charge & Drive is a market leading operator of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. Fortum's charging network operates in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland and consists of over 200 fast chargers and over 250 semi fast and normal chargers. Fortum’s chargers are easy to use, and with map.chargedrive.com the status of all chargers can be viewed in real time. Fortum’s chargers are online and linked to a 24/7 call center that help customers with all technical questions related to charging.
Charge & Drive charging units on the map: map.chargedrive.com
Fortum’s purpose is to create energy that improves life for present and future generations. Fortum’s expertise is in CO2-free and efficient electricity and heat production. The company also offers energy-related products and expert services to private and industrial customers and energy producers. Fortum’s main areas of operation are the Nordic and the Baltic countries, Russia and Poland. In 2014, the annual sales (excluding the divested electricity distribution business) totalled EUR 4.1 billion, and comparable operating profit was EUR 1.1 billion. The company employs approximately 8,000 people. Fortum’s share is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. www.fortum.com