Tartu: Rapid Chargers

Five electric car rapid chargers to be installed in the City Centre of Tartu

24 May 2018

Tartu City Government nominated the tender submitted by Elektritransport OÜ as the winner, thus providing funding for the cost of purchasing and installing electric car rapid chargers.

According to Deputy Mayor Raimond Tamm, the goal of installing the chargers is to promote the use of electric cars in Tartu. ‘At present, it is possible to find rapid chargers in different sections of the city, but not in the city centre. The demand for the ability to charge electric cars in the city centre has grown over the years and new chargers will help to fill an important gap in the network of rapid chargers. In the long-term perspective, with these steps, we are hoping to reduce air pollution and traffic noise and to make the city environment more people friendly,' explained Tamm.

 Therefore, five electric car rapid chargers will be installed in four locations within the city centre: between the Aura Centre and the athletic building on Turu Street (2 chargers); on the corner of Väike, Turu and Soola streets (in the car park across from the bus station); on the corner of Küüni and Uueturu streets (between the Kaubamaja and the park along Poe Street); and on the end of Poe Street, by Vabaduse Avenue.

 The acquisition and installation of rapid chargers is being financed by the international project SmartEnCity, during the course of which an energy efficient city district based on smart solutions will be created from the Khrushchyovkas located in the city centre. One of the project’s primary activities involves the renovation of Soviet Era apartment buildings into nearly zero energy buildings, although innovative solutions are also being used for district heating, street lighting and renewable energy use. One of the project’s activities is the creation of a bicycle sharing system in Tartu.

 The SmartEnCity project is being funded by the European Union’s Research and Innovation Programme Horizon 2020.