Varma 250-spot charging facility in Salmisaari, Helsinki (Image Credit: Varma)
Though Finland is home to only about 1,000 EVs, construction is underway on a 250-spot EV parking garage.
Bjørn Nyland showed off another substantial structure in Oslo, Norway recently (~100 spots). As far as we were concerned, it was the largest EV parking facility we had ever seen or heard about. Now, Finland is planning ahead, and its new state-of-the-art, 250-spot indoor structure will be more than twice as large.
Bjørn Nyland provided video footage of a similar structure in Oslo, Norway.
The facility is currently under construction at Varma's head office in Salmisaari, Helsinki. Work began in April, and is set to be completed by June. The project is a partnership between Varma and Parkkisähkö Ltd. Once the facility is complete, Parkkisähkö will handle user transactions for "ordering" the necessary charging. CEO of Parkkisähkö., Jiri Räsänen shared:
“This is one of the single largest parking facilities in the world to be equipped with chargers at nearly every sparking spot."
The structure will be equipped to handle the load of high-speed chargers. Various chargers will be available to fit different users' needs. All power to the property is generated via hydropower, so it is a truly "green-friendly" facility.
Forecasts predict about 250,000 EVs on Finland's roads by 2030. Growth could come even faster with this type of infrastructure development. Automotive sources in Finland point to the lack of infrastructure as the only real factor holding back EV adoption in the area.
Toni Pekonen, Varma’s Commercial Property Director, said:
“As electric cars become more common, charging stations will be needed in places where they spend extended periods of time. This has also been taken into account in the environmental certification of buildings, as well as in EU legislation to take effect in 2019 concerning requirements for electric vehicles in properties and new buildings."
“Equipping the parking facility with electric car chargers also nicely promotes our target of reducing Varma’s carbon footprint; at the same time, it helps us encourage our tenants to opt for an environmentally friendly mode of transportation. The vehicles in the parking facility will be charged with green electricity, as the electricity in our property is generated by hydropower."
"We believe that the users of the Salmisaari parking services will value the flexibility of the service. With recharging offered as a service, the property owner’s role is highlighted, and at the same time, it promotes the quicker adoption of electric cars."
About Varma and Parkkisähkö Ltd.
Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company is the most solvent earnings-related pension company and largest private investor in Finland. The company is responsible for the statutory earnings-related pension cover of some 873,000 people in the private sector. Premiums written totalled EUR 4.7 billion in 2016 and pension payments stood at EUR 5.3 billion. Varma’s investment portfolio amounted to EUR 44.4 billion at the end of March 2017.
Parkkisähkö Ltd. is a charging services provider for electric cars in a real estate environment. The company specialises in electric vehicle technology for parking areas in large-scale properties. Parkkisähkö was established in 2014 and employs some 20 people. The company aims to enable rapid growth in the number of electric vehicles by offering a scalable, cost-effective and smart charging service developed in Finland.
Hat tip to Jiri Räsänen for sharing!