New DC charging points opened for Finland’s biggest retail chain S Group – Kempower’s chargers now available in Helsinki, Prisma Itäkeskus
S Group’s largest regional cooperative store, HOK Elanto, will establish 222 electric passenger car charging points to the Helsinki Metropolitan Area and Southern Finland in 2021. The first charging points were opened 27 April in Helsinki, Prisma Itäkeskus.
In the first phase, two Kempower S-series satellite charging points with four DC fast charging posts are opened in Itäkeskus, Helsinki. The charging power is initially set up for 25 kW / charging post. In the future, the charging power at a single charging post will be up to 80 kW.
HOK Elanto offers EV drivers the opportunity to charge their electric cars for free, as user experiences are sought from the Kempower S-series charging system. Charging will become chargeable later in 2021. Payment is made with the ABC mobile application.
Helsinki Metropolitan Area already has more than half of Finland’s electric car fleet. HOK Elanto is significantly expanding and developing its charging network for electric passenger cars. New charging points will be built this year in connection with Prisma outlets and S-market stores in Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Kerava, Järvenpää, Hyvinkää, Tuusula, Mäntsälä and Nurmijärvi.
– Until now, all our Prisma outlets have offered the possibility to charge hybrid and electric cars. The number of electric cars is growing and the importance of charging points in customers’ everyday life is becoming increasingly important – that is why we are expanding the charging network and building new charging points to our outlets and stores. Of course, we also want to support the development towards low-carbon mobility, says Hannu Houni, Head of HOK Elanto ABC Chain.
Electricity from renewable wind power, Kempower chargers from Lahti
The electricity at the charging points is mainly renewable wind power produced by the S Group. The S Group has been investing in wind power and solar electricity for years.
The charging equipment is supplied by Kempower. The equipment is designed and manufactured in Lahti, Finland.
The expansion of HOK Elanto’s charging network is part of S Group’s project, aiming to build a nationwide charging network for electric cars during 2021–2024. The S Group is a customer-owned Finnish retailing cooperative organization that has more than 1 800 outlets and nearly 40 000 employees in Finland. In addition to the development of an extensive electric charging network, other forms of transport energy are also being developed.