Press release

Ensto and Fortum developed a new recharging point for electric cars

29 September 2009, 11:00 EEST

Fortum Corporation Press release 29 September 2009

Ensto and Fortum developed a new recharging point for electric cars             

Ensto and Fortum have worked together to develop a new type of recharging point 
for electric vehicles. Ensto hopes to export the product to the growing electric
vehicle markets. Usability and safety were priorities in the development of the 
recharging point.                                                               

Car manufacturers have accelerated the development of electric cars and will    
introduce new models of rechargeable cars in the upcoming years. Electrification
of road traffic also requires a functional recharging network: In the Nordic    
countries, electric cars can be recharged at home from the ordinary outlets     
intended for engine block heaters, but recharging points must also be installed 
in public places. To meet this need, Ensto and Fortum have partnered to develop 
a new type of recharging point.                                                 

The fundamental design attributes for the recharging point were safety, ease of 
use, ease of installation in different areas, and the ability to modify         
functions. For instance, if necessary, a GSM pay-by-cell-phone technology       
function can be integrated into the recharging post, which can also be          
integrated with a parking meter function. The recharging post is just as easy   
for customers to use as traditional engine block heater outlets. In addition, it
offers improved operating safety.                                               

”Sustainability is a priority for both Ensto and Fortum, and that is why we     
wanted to work together to advance the development of the electric vehicle      
recharging network. Fortum's position as a frontrunner and an expert in the area
of electric motoring has been important in the development of the new recharging
point. The cooperation has resulted in a distinct, good-looking, easy-to-use    
recharging point that is also easy to modify. Ensto aims to export the product  
also to the growing international markets for electric vehicles”, says          
Technology Manager Matti Rae from Ensto.                                        

New recharging posts to Espoo first      
The Kaupinkallio parking garage in the Tapiola area of Espoo, Finland, will be  
the first to receive the new type of recharging posts developed by Fortum and   
Ensto. The plan is to have the posts up and running by the end of November of   
this year.   
”In 2008 Fortum launched a Nordic electric car project that is developing the   
recharging network for electric vehicles in Espoo and Stockholm, among other    
places. We are testing various technologies for electric vehicles and recharging
solutions in the project as well as the infrastructure they require. The aim is 
to take the experiences gained in the introduction of the new posts that we     
developed with Ensto and use them also in the design of a more extensive        
recharging network”, says Account Manager Juha Matikainen from Fortum.          

The term electric car refers to a plug-in hybrid or a full-electric vehicle that
is recharged directly from the grid. If an electric car is recharged with       
electricity generated from renewable energy sources, driving does not cause any 
carbon dioxide emissions.   

Fortum Corporation
Corporate Communications                                                    

Additional information:                                                         
Juha Matikainen, Account Manager, Fortum, +358 50 455 7219                      
Matti Rae, Technology Manager, Ensto, tel. +365 40 503 5792

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