The new rapid chargers are located between the Aura Water Park and the sports hall on Turu Street (two chargers), on the corner of Väike-Turu Street and Soola Street (in the car park across the street from the bus station), on the corner of Küüni Street and Uueturu Street (between the Kaubamaja and the park on Poe Street) and on Poe Street near Vabaduse Avenue.
The chargers were set up with the support of the SmartEnCity project and they will be maintained by OÜ Elektritransport.
The new fast chargers are one of the first public chargers in Estonia that follow the CCS (Combined Charging System) charging standard. “This means that the chargers can be used on all electric cars. The national ELMO charging network only uses the ChaDeMo charging standard that can only 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 tens of new EV models will be released in Europe in the upcoming years that use that very standard.
The chargers work 30% faster than the existing ones. This means that instead of 30 minutes, it now only takes about 20 minutes to fully charge an EV. Charging a car with the new chargers costs 15 cents per kW/h, which means that for every 100 km distance covered, the electricity cost is about 2 to 2,5 Euros.
According to Deputy Mayor Raimond Tamm, the goal of installing the chargers is to promote the use of electric cars in Tartu. The demand for charging opportunities for electric cars has grown from year to year within the area of the City Centre. ‘The presence of a diverse charging infrastructure is very important when it comes to the promotion of environmentally friendly electric transportation. Our new rapid chargers permit the charging of various electric cars manufactured in Europe and the United States, which could previously not be charged with the rapid chargers in Estonia,’ said Tamm.
The acquisition and installation of rapid chargers was financed from the international project SmartEnCity, during the course of which an energy efficient city district, operating based on smart solutions, is being created from the Khrushchyovkas located in the City Centre.
The key activity in the SmartEnCity project is renovating the old Soviet apartment buildings in the downtown area into energy-efficient and modern houses. In addition to renovations and smart home solutions, the smart city project will also entail innovative solutions in district heating, transport, street lighting, renewable energy use and will emphasize citizen engagement and awareness raising. Electric vehicle charging points and electric bicycle and vehicle rental stations will be installed in the smart city district (pilot area) as well.
The SmartEnCity project is being funded within the framework of Horisont 2020, the European Union’s research and innovation programme Horisont 2020.
More information: Tark Tartu