Vattenfall is rolling out a comprehensive network of fast charging stations in the Stockholm area. A total of ten stations have been inaugurated or are under construction, including at the Solna office. Some of the stations are built in cooperation with Swedish hamburger chain Max’s restaurants, for example in Uppsala.

“Our network of fast charging stations will make things easier for private e-car owners and also enable taxis, delivery companies and others to use electric vehicles to a greater extent. This year, charging has been free of charge, but in 2015 customers will have to pay for the service,” says Mattias Tingvall, Manager for Business Development in Region Nordic.

The new stations recharge a car battery in 20 to 30 minutes. In 2015, the aim is to establish the concept in more Swedish cities.

This plug-in hybrid bus in Stockholm is charged in only six minutes. (Photo: Volvo)

Vattenfall is involved in an EU project to reduce emissions from buses. During the fall, plug-in hybrid buses – powered by electricity with the support of a biodiesel engine that can be used if needed – were deployed on a bus line at the northern edge of central Stockholm. The electric power is enough for seven of the eight-kilometre bus trip, saving 60 per cent of energy and reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 90 per cent. By means of GPS technology, the electric drive is automatically turned on in urban areas to reduce noise and air pollution. At the terminus station, the bus is fully charged in only six minutes using specially designed charging stations. “We know power, maintenance and infrastructure and have trained seven service technicians specifically for this. There will be a new bus every eight minutes at the charging station, so it’s important that it works.” says Per Thorin, ­project manager at Vattenfall.

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