Estonia’s fastest EV chargers are to be found in Tartu

26 Nov 2018

Tartu's new EV chargers are not only fast but also providing standards to charge most electric cars. The chargers were funded with the support of the SmartEnCity project and will be maintained by OÜ Elektritransport.

The new fast chargers are the first public chargers in Estonia following the CCS (Combined Charging System) charging standard. “This means that the chargers can be used on all electric cars. The national ELMO charging network uses the ChaDeMo charging standard that is only applicable to fast charge Japanese cars,” said Rain Neemlaid, the representative of Elektritransport. He added that installing chargers with the CCS charging standard is very important because in the new future, new EV models will be released in Europe based on that standard. 

The new fast chargers work 30% faster than the existing ones. This means that now it only takes about 20 minutes to fully charge an electric vehicle. Charging a car with the new chargers costs 15 cents per kW/h, which means that for every 100 km distance, the electricity cost is about 2.0 to 2.5 Euros. 

Raimond Tamm, the Deputy Mayor of Tartu underlined that a functioning charging network is crucial to foster e-mobility plus it attracts customers to purchase electric cars. “Using electric cars will have a positive effect on our city environment as air pollution and traffic noise will be considerably reduced,” he said. 

The new fast chargers are situated downtown in Tartu, between Aura Water park and the sports center on Turu street, on the corners of Turu and Soola streets, Küüni and Uueturu streets and on Poe street. 

Read original article in Estonian language.