Helsinki is set to have over 200 new public electric vehicle (EV) charging points installed throughout the city in 2023, with 57 of them located near sports parks. The charging stations will be operated by Helen Ltd., a Helsinki-based energy company.
The following locations are scheduled to be completed by June:
- Vaasankatu 2
- Rauhankatu 17
- Josafatinkatu 9
- Eerikinkatu 6
- Ruoholahti (M)
- Merikatu 27
- Kotkankatu 4
- Haagan tori
- Ullankatu 3
- Kanavaranta 15
- Merikasarminkatu 7
- Alvar Aallon katu 1
- Hakamäenkuja 2
The new charging stations will provide a broader network of charging points across Helsinki, making it more convenient for EV owners to use their vehicles on a daily basis in the city.
"Various charging options will be available, from standard charging to high-power charging. With multiple options, EV drivers can choose a charging point based on their power needs. Charging points will also be offered more extensively, including for taxi services," commented Jesse Suosalmi, Product Group Manager of Helen's public charging network.
The electrification of transportation is a crucial part of Helsinki's emission reduction goals. As transportation accounts for approximately one-fifth of the city's carbon dioxide emissions, developing public charging infrastructure supports the achievement of these targets.
In Helsinki's city strategy for 2021-2025, the electrification of transportation plays a significant role in reaching the goal of carbon neutrality by 2030. The transition to electric vehicles is promoted through various Helsinki programs, including the Carbon Neutral Helsinki Action Plan, Helsinki's air protection plan, the city's parking policy, and the noise reduction action plan.
By expanding the public charging network, Helsinki aims to encourage more residents and visitors to choose electric vehicles, contributing to a cleaner and more sustainable urban environment. With the growing availability of charging infrastructure, the city is taking a significant step forward in supporting the adoption of electric mobility and reducing carbon emissions in the transportation sector.