News item | 2011-11-14 | 11:00 AM

E-mobility news: Estonia orders 200 DC chargers to create a nationwide fast-charging network for EVs

The Estonian government aims to provide fast charging in all urbanised areas with more than 5000 inhabitants.

On main roads they aim to install a fast charger every 50 kilometers. The investments in electric mobility are financed by the Green Investment Scheme and funded by the export credit agency KredEx, as part of the national government’s plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

ABB announced this month that they won the tender offer to build the network of 200 electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging stations throughout Estonia. ABB will start deliveries in the second quarter of 2012 and plans to have all Terra systems direct current (50kW DC) chargers running by the end of 2012. As part of the five-year contract, ABB will also deliver network operating support services for the chargers in the field and the backbone IT architecture. ABB won the order together with its partners G4S and NOW! Innovations, which provide first-line customer support and payment solutions, respectively.

“To be successful, this infrastructure needs to be open to any kind of electric car. Our connectivity solutions are designed to support all existing and future connection standards within the same network” said Ulrich Spiesshofer, head of ABB’s Discrete Automation and Motion division.

“The Estonian government would like to ensure that driving an EV in Estonia is as comfortable and safe as driving any other car,” said Jarmo Tuisk, director of the Innovation and Technology Division at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications.

The Estonian government has earlier started providing 507 Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric cars to social workers around the country. In September 2011, ABB won the order to install AC chargers at municipality offices. In addition, Estonia offers subsidies of up to 50 percent for private EV purchases.

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