Estonia is the first country to install a fast chargers system for EVs, part of the EU efforts to reduce the level of carbon emissions.
Estonia has installed nationwide 165 fast chargers, produced by engineering group ABB and their manufacturing was financed by the government’s sale of 10 million surplus CO2 emission permits to Mitsubishi. Estonia’s government has signed a deal with Mitsubishi in 2011, which offered the country over 500 EVs and the money needed for an incentive scheme to encourage customers to buy electric vehicles.
“Now is the time to really press the pedal and move forward in electrical mobility. We have proved that there is a real possibility to set up a network in a country, and there are no technical barriers,” said Jarmo Tuisk, head of the scheme to set up the network.
Estonia’s movement is part of the EU efforts to reduce the level of CO2 emissions and boost sales of EVs which have seen a weak take-up due to their high costs and short range offered by a single charge. Currently there are 619 EVs in Estonia, 500 of them being used by public authorities.