Press release

Making Espoo an electric car city in partnership with Fortum

21 October 2008, 12:45 EEST

Fortum Corporation, City of Espoo Press release 21.10.2008, 12:45

Making Espoo an electric car city in partnership with Fortum                    

Fortum and the City of Espoo in Finland have launched cooperation aiming to     
enable the wide-scale adoption of electric cars in the city and thus to         
significantly reduce traffic emissions. A key component of the project is to    
develop the infrastructure needed to recharge the electric cars in order to make
the adoption of them as smooth as possible when car manufacturers introduce them
to the markets in a few years.                                                  

In the first phase of the project during winter, Espoo will acquire three and   
Fortum 8-10 rechargeable hybrid and battery electric vehicles for test use.     
Initially, there will be five recharging stations for the cars. In addition to  
testing different kinds of electric cars and recharging techniques, the project 
will also focus on the infrastructure needed for the wide-scale adoption of     
electric cars and on the different ways to pay for recharging, among other      
things. The suitability of electric cars for use by taxis and public            
transportation will also be studied. Fortum has a similar cooperation project   
under way with the City of Stockholm.                                           

Electric cars as part of climate change mitigation                              

The electric car project supports the sustainability targets of both Fortum and 
the City of Espoo. Both parties want to actively mitigate climate change and to 
work towards a low-carbon society. The cooperation partners believe there is    
potential for significant usage of electric cars in Finland, and the adoption of
them can help to achieve the EU's climate targets.                              

”According to a study published last week, 75% of Finns believe that using      
electric cars can help reduce emissions and energy consumption and thus curb    
climate change. Our goal is to make the transition to environmentally benign    
motoring easy for people”, says Fortum's Carola Teir-Lehtinen, Corporate Vice   
President, Sustainability.                                                      

”The electric car project is an extension of the City of Espoo's long-term      
efforts in environmental issues. As a result, Espoo residents have a healthy,   
green living environment, clean drinking water and good waste management.       
Espoo's merits include public recreational areas, the new Rantaraitti trail     
along the Espoo shoreline, and the Nuuksio National Park. The city is an active 
promoter of environmental technologies. On these grounds, the city is also      
applying for the European Green Capital Award”, notes Espoo Mayor Marketta      

“Among other things, Espoo has signed the voluntary energy efficiency agreement 
for municipalities and has committed to implementing the climate strategy for   
the Helsinki metropolitan area. If all 150 cars used by the City of Espoo were  
electric cars, the carbon dioxide emissions into the air would be reduced by 270
tonnes per year. This would be a significant improvement”, Kokkonen adds.       

Ideal for urban environments                                                    
The term rechargeable electric car refers to a plug-in hybrid or battery        
electric vehicle that is recharged directly from the grid. An electric motor is 
as much as three times more efficient compared to a conventional combustion     
engine, and thus emissions caused by electric cars are significantly reduced. If
an electric car is recharged with electricity generated from renewable energy   
sources, driving doesn't cause any carbon dioxide emissions.                    

Rechargeable electric cars can drive 50-200 km on a single charge with today's  
technology, making them ideal for urban use where trips are short and driving   
speeds are relatively low. So the electric motor can replace the gas engine in  
situations where gas engines are most harmful to the environment.               

Corporate Communications	

City of Espoo

Additional information                                                          
Carola Teir-Lehtinen, Corporate Vice President,                                 
Sustainability, Fortum                                                          
Tel +358 10 45 24118                                                            

Pekka Vikkula, Project Director, Technical and Environment Services/Suurpelto   
Development Project, Espoo                                                      
Tel. +358 46 8772601