Empower contributing to the electric traffic revolution
The number of electric vehicles is increasing rapidly and national programs aim at the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions generated by traffic. The first high-power EV charging station in Finland opened in November 2018, with Empower responsible for the station’s installation and connections to the grid. Charging an electric vehicle typically takes so long that you have time to eat lunch, but the new high-power station shortens the charging time to a cup of coffee – provided that the vehicle’s battery allows faster charging.
Work began with the construction of new network sections and, exceptionally, with the running of the cables directly from the transformer substation to the metering cabinet at the charging station.
– Usually, installing charging stations has only required running cables from the property’s main switchboard but for the high-power charging station, we built electricity supply directly from the transformer substation to maximize the charging capacity. In the future, the high-power charging station supplies a maximum of 300 kW of DC power for charging electric vehicles, which is six times the amount supplied by typical current charging stations, says Jouni Huttu, who was in charge of the project at Empower.
The charging station is the first of its kind in Finland so everything was completely new for Empower during the installation phase.
– It is a valuable experience to take part in pioneering projects and learn new things. In this case, too, we created installation instructions and developed operating procedures in cooperation with the supplier of the charging station, to ensure that our future projects together will run even more smoothly, says Christer Sundholm, Business Unit Manager at Empower.