The largest Estonian electric vehicle charging hub, ViruVooluRing, has opened to the public in Tallinn. The station is designed to accommodate up to ten cars at a time. In addition, ELMO Rent, the local electric vehicle rental and sharing company, will install six more charging stations.
According to Gertti Kogermann, CEO of Viru Keskus shopping centre, where the charging point is located, every one of us can contribute to the reduction of the ecological footprint through our everyday choices, either by buying local products, sorting waste, choosing products that are not made of plastic or opting for sustainable means of transport.
“Investing in environmentally sound solutions is one of our top priorities and setting up a charging hub for electric vehicles at the Viru Keskus car park is another step towards making our home town cleaner and greener,” said Mr Kogermann.
Currently, Viru Keskus shopping centre in Tallinn is the only one of its kind in Estonia to hold the highest level of LEED O&M certification that recognises high-performance buildings that operate on environmentally sustainable principles.
According to Sten Argos, the Director of New Value Creation at Eesti Energia, Estonia’s biggest energy company and parent company of Enefit Volt, electric cars will soon become the new normal on our streets, and consequently, an integral part of the energy system.
“Our ambition at Enefit Volt is to make the transition to clean transport as simple and smooth as possible by developing easy-to-use, convenient and smart services that help speed up the uptake of electric vehicles,” said Mr Argos.
Owing to these efforts, the share of renewable energy use in Estonia has been increasing annually. Compared to conventional cars, the cost of energy consumption of an electric vehicle is considerably cheaper – only 2-3 euros per 100 kilometres. In addition, the total ecological footprint of electric cars is decreasing annually. For example, ELMO (Estonian Electric Mobility Programme) Rent, one of the world’s first electric car rental companies that operates an electric car-sharing system, already saves 8 tonnes of CO2 emissions per month, directly contributing to cleaner air in Estonia.