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Fortum and Allego plan pan-European charging network

Steve Rogerson
January 31, 2018

Fortum Charge & Drive and Allego are starting a pan European project of an interoperable charging network in metropolitan areas and along highways, based on high power charging architecture and smart e-charging hubs.
The planned charging network will facilitate metropolitan areas in 20 countries until 2025.
The project named Mega-E was selected for co-financing by the European Union. The plan covers 322 ultra-fast chargers and 27 smart charging hubs throughout 20 European countries.
Through the joint project Allego will continue to develop charging networks in central Europe and Fortum in the Nordic region. Roll-out is planned to start after financial closing which is expected in the first half of 2018. Allego and Fortum will welcome additional investors and location partners to take part in this project.
The project will start in Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden and UK.
“We believe in an open infrastructure approach,” said Rami Syväri, vice president for Helsinki-based Fortum Charge & Drive. “This means that it is intended to welcome every citizen and different car models at our chargers. The idea is therefore also to combine multiple charging solutions to meet different needs and speeds. The Mega-E charging network will be an important milestone for all EV-drivers and commuters in Europe.”
Fortum and Dutch company Allego say they are the first pan European movers to provide an integrated approach to connect metropolitan areas with a consistent charging network. The Mega-E supports EU-wide goals to promote low-emission mobility and better quality of life for its citizens.
“Around 70% of traffic in Europe takes place in urban areas, where the CO2 impact is the highest,” said Anja van Niersen, CEO of Allego. “With the charging network of Mega-E we facilitate several forms of e-mobility and support emission free travelling not only within, but also from one metropole area to another. Unique is the creating of so-called e-charging hubs in which we combine multiple charging solutions on the same location to charge electric vehicles. The e-charging hubs would therefore have an optimal impact and effectiveness for both the energy and mobility system.”
Fortum and Hungarian NKM National Utilities have agreed on a partnership in developing an electric car charging service network in Hungary. National Utilities plans to install a national EV charging network in Hungary in the near future and Fortum will provide the cloud based SaaS (software as a service) to administer and operate the charging network.
National Utilities wants to be a forerunner in e-mobility in Hungary and will install 100 chargers in the coming months. Fortum will support National Utilities with the provision of the cloud and the transfer of expertise from their operations in the Nordic markets.
“Hungary is an important country for enabling e-mobility in central Europe, due to the fact that it shares a border with seven countries,” said Michael Warner, international sales manager of Fortum. “There will be a lot more long distance travel between countries with the arrival of many new longer range electric vehicles in 2018, as promised by the majority of car manufacturers. With this in mind it is important that an extensive network of charging stations is deployed in Hungary and operated by a professional operator. NKM has expressed its motivation to be a forerunner in e-mobility in Hungary and we are looking forward to supporting its growth and sharing the lessons learnt from the Nordic markets.”
There are around 1000 electric cars in Hungary. Electric cars with green registration numbers have been allowed to park for free throughout the Budapest area since the beginning of 2016. The Hungarian government plans to accelerate the expansion of the charging spots throughout the country since currently charging stations are concentrated in the area of Budapest and along the motorway between Budapest and Vienna.
“National Utilities intends to become a front-runner of e-mobility in Hungary,” said Zoltán Alkér, deputy CEO of NKM National Utilities. “By the end of the year we would like to install a significant number of e-chargers across the country. Beside the public chargers we would like to play a decisive role in the market of business and home charging. In cooperation with local governments of municipalities, a network covering the entire country can be established soon.”