Sweden’s first high-power charging (HPC) station was opened today by Fortum Charge & Drive in partnership with McDonald’s. The station is located at McDonald’s in Kristinehamn, some 270 kilometers west of Stockholm and midway between Oslo and Stockholm.
At Kristinehamn’s HPC station next generation EVs can charge about 250 km range in only 10 minutes time. This is 7 times faster than on the quick chargers that are on the market today.
The new HPC charging station in Kristinehamn is part of the first High-Power Charging (HPC) corridor that Fortum Charge & Drive is building between Oslo, Stockholm and Helsinki. The corridor provides better charging possibilities for the long range (over 300 km) EV models with higher charging speeds. This means that the next generation electric cars will be able to drive from Helsinki to Oslo in the same amount of time as conventional cars.
“We started our high-power charging journey from Oslo in April. This is our second step in establishing a network that will make electric long distance travelling in the Nordics even more convenient. Additional HPC stations will be opened in Sweden and Finland in the coming months”, says Annika Hoffner, Head of Public charging service and home charging in Fortum.
Charging an electric car:
Semi-fast or flexible chargers (up to 22kW) take approximately three to four hours to charge a battery to 80%, and are frequently found around shopping centers, office parking lots, and street-side.
Quick chargers (50kW) can fill a battery from zero to 80% in approximately 30 minutes, and are necessary when travelling greater distances, particularly, along highways; or for businesses such as taxis and postal delivery services.
High-power chargers (up to 350kW) make it possible to charge about 250 km range in only 10 minutes time.