Fortum and OP Financial Group have joined forces to install roughly a hundred electric vehicle charge points across Finland.
The state-owned energy company and financial services provider have initially agreed to install charge points in a total of 80 municipalities across the country, thereby increasing the number of public charge points in the country by 33 per cent.
The installations are scheduled to begin in May and to be completed by the end of December. Fortum and OP Financial Group have also indicated their willingness to expand the charging network further in the future.
“Fortum and OP are trailblazers on the road to sustainable development. The partnership is an important step toward meeting the national objective of having 250,000 registered electric vehicles in 2030,” says Marko Vänskä, the head of growth capital at Finpro.
The Finnish Government has announced its intention to add 250,000 electric vehicles on the country’s roads by 2030 as part of its effort to slash transport emissions by 39 per cent, relative to the level of 2005.
Vänskä points out that a well-functioning charging network is a prerequisite for encouraging electric vehicle ownership.
“Installing charge points, improving charging services and optimising the charging process from the energy system’s viewpoint are means to create a solid foundation for promoting electric transport,” he tells.
Finland, he says, offers world-class expertise and proven solutions for developing both smart grids and charging technology.