The first High-Power Charging (HPC) corridor will be built by Fortum Charge & Drive between Oslo, Stockholm and Helsinki. The corridor provides charging possibilities for the upcoming models of long range, over 300km, electric vehicles with higher charging speeds. In practice, it means that electric models expected to be on the market by early 2018 will be able to drive from Helsinki to Oslo in the same time as with a conventional car.
The high-power charging stations will be able to generate 150-350kW power and will be equipped to serve all main car models. This is the first step in establishing a Nordic network that will enable drivers to take full advantage of the new generation of Electric Vehicles (EV) and make long-distance travel a real possibility. The first four HPC stations will be built during 2017.
Charge & Drive has extensive experience in installing and operating charging networks in Norway. The country is so far the only mass market for EVs with more than 100,000 electric vehicles on the road, clearly the biggest number per capita in the world. In order to secure timely and high-quality installations, Charge & Drive has recruited resources with extensive hands-on experience in building the Tesla Super Charger network in Norway.
The Nordic network consists of 1,200 chargers, 450 of them quick chargers (50kW). Customers are able to utilise the existing network of Charge & Drive and its partners, from parking halls to long-distance travel. Charge & Drive continues to seek an open approach and to invite more partners for collaboration and interconnectivity across Europe.
“Now it’s time to take the Charge & Drive network to the next level so that the full potential of EVs can be made available for our customers. Charge & Drive started in 2010 as a project to connect the Nordic capitals through quick charging, and now we want to make that happen again with high-power charging. We were early in the game and have learned a lot, and we’ve also managed to build a leading service highly appreciated by our customers,” said Markus Hökfelt, Vice President, Fortum Charge & Drive.