Fortum and Nissan have signed a co-operation agreement in quick charging on September 25, 2012. The objective is to create quick charging infrastructure for electric vehicles in order to make them a viable option for all car drivers.
Through the newly established cooperation Nissan and Fortum intend to install 50 quick charging stations for electric vehicles (EV) in strategic and relevant locations by the main highways in the Nordic countries. This project is one of the biggest quick charging projects this far in the Nordics. The cooperation’s first goal is to make it possible for electric car drivers to drive from one Nordic capital to another: from Copenhagen to Stockholm, from Oslo to Helsinki.
Fortum will be responsible for the system solutions, installation and service of the quick chargers. Fortum has over ten years’ experience in developing charging solutions for electric vehicles. Fortum’s "Charge & Drive" is a solution which is based on an advanced IT system, which monitors the operation and handles the maintenance of charging stations. Even the payment can be handled by the system.
“We continue to further develop our offering Charge & Drive, and with our new partner Nissan, we are taking an important step towards a future electric car society,” says Johan Ander, head of Fortum’s Charge & Drive business. "The Charge & Drive system not only makes it easy for those who want to provide charging for electric cars, but also for electric car drivers who simply want to charge their electric vehicles."
The development of charging infrastructure is with no doubt one of the key factors that increase consumers’ interest in electric vehicles as their choice of transport. By creating these “green corridors” in the Nordic countries, Nissan and Fortum are making a huge leap forward in making EV’s a compelling alternative for all car drivers.
“Nissan wants to be the global leader in electric vehicles. Our strategy is based on a long term holistic approach focused on solutions, not only on our products. Together with partners like Fortum we want to help develop environment and infrastructure for electric motoring. The electric revolution has already started and there is no coming back. The only question is how fast it will spread and we strongly believe that close cooperation between vehicle and electric energy producers will greatly accelerate this process,” says Managing Director Jacek Gorski of Nissan Nordic Europe.
Charging stations will be installed to handle rapid charging of DC and AC, where a DC load of approximately 50 kW can charge a Nissan LEAF or other CHAdeMO compliant electric car up to 80% of battery capacity in only 20 minutes. AC charging will have a maximum power of approximately 43 kW. Quick charger developed by Nissan is based on a patented technological breakthrough and is CE and TUV certified for all European countries. The new fast chargers from Nissan make it possible for anyone with a compatible electric car to extend the reach of much longer journeys.
Johan Ander, Nordic responsible for Charge & Drive, Fortum Oyj, tel. +46 (0)76 104 20 64, johan [dot] ander [at] fortum [dot] com
Taina Erkkilä, Communication Director, Nissan Nordic Europe Oy, tel. +358 (0)10 770 53 11, terkkila [at] nissan-europe [dot] com
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