Jönköping Energi chooses Fortum Charge & Drive Cloud for operating its electric vehicle charging stations
Fortum and the Swedish electricity company Jönköping Energi have initiated collaboration to develop a charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. The overall purpose is to provide a total of 30 public charging stations for the residents of the city of Jönköping; the collaboration is expected to start in the fall of 2016. Jönköping Energi will own and manage the charging stations. Together with Fortum Charge & Drive, a simple and nationwide service will link Jönköping to the Charge & Drive Nordic network consisting of more than 600 charging stations.
“Through this partnership, our charging stations will be part of a network that enables us to take an active role in strengthening the Swedish infrastructure for electric vehicles. Jönköping’s geographical location gives us the opportunity to assist the many owners of electric vehicles who want to drive longer distances in a climate-friendly way,” says Fridolf Eskilsson, CEO of Jönköping Energi.
The expansion project will last two years and carries the possibility of extension to meet the future needs for electric vehicle charging.
“We are initially concentrating the public charging stations to high-use areas in Jönköping. Other business opportunities will also be available for businesses, associations and individuals who want to provide and own their own charging stations,” says Project Manager Erik Wiström, Jönköping Energi.
“We are pleased about the collaboration with Jönköping Energi to expand the infrastructure for today's and tomorrow's electric car drivers. This applies both to residents in Jönköping and to those who want to drive between the three metropolitan regions of Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö. We warmly welcome Jönköping Energi as a collaboration partner. The demand for charging solutions is great, and I hope Jönköping Energi and their customers will benefit from our system,” says Tobias Henmark, Sales and Marketing Manager, Fortum Charge & Drive Sweden.
About Charge & Drive
Charge & Drive is a pioneer in electric vehicle charging and operates in Norway, Iceland, Sweden and Finland. In total, the network consists of 652 affiliated smart chargers in the Nordic countries as of the first quarter of 2016; of these, 112 are in Sweden. The Charge & Drive cloud-based business system is already used by about 50 partners in the Nordic countries and nearly 20,000 end customers. So far, Umeå Energi, Skellefteå Kraft, Vallentuna Energi, the County Council of Kalmar, Vasakronan, Nissan, Renault, BMW and McDonald's have chosen to partner with Fortum Charge & Drive in Sweden.
Charge & Drive offers a cloud-based service for quick charging of electric cars with an easy payment function via SMS, RFID tag or web application. In addition, the service monitoring and operation of the charging stations allows them to be managed remotely to improve accessibility. The service also gives electric car drivers information about where the chargers are located as well as round-the-clock customer service that is accessible from every charging station if the customer prefers personal contact.
For more information, please contact:
Tobias Henmark, Sales & Marketing, Charge & Drive Sweden, Fortum, mobile +46 725701853
Erik Wiström, Project Manager and Head of Electricity Trading and Energy Services, Jönköping Energi, telephone +46 36 10 83 04