We all know that Norway is currently the country with the most number of electronic vehicles around Europe, with a 33.5% market share - every third new car registration in March 2016 was an EV according to Inside EVs. Having said that, we wouldn’t be surprised if Norway also has the largest EV parking facility out there.
In fact, Bjørn Nyland, Tesla owner and EV enthusiast showed us a substantial EV structure in Oslo, Norway just last month - the parking garage is home to 100 AC Type 2 chargers and 2 DC fast chargers.
However, it is Finland that is making some noise today, as they are building the world’s largest EV parking garage in Salmisaari, Helsinki. Although there are only about 1,000 EVs in Finland, the state-of-the-art indoor parking facility will be more than twice the size what Norway has now, and can accommodate up to 250 electric vehicles at once.
This project is a partnership between Varma and Parkkisähkö Ltd. Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company is the most solvent earnings-related pension company in Finland, while Parkkisähkö Ltd is a charging services provider in a real estate environment.
The facility, located at Varma’s head office, began construction in April, and is scheduled to be completed and opened as soon as next month. Once operations begin, Parkkisähkö will be the one in charge of the transactions and “orders”.
Jiri Räsänen, CEO of Parkkisähkö said that this is the largest parking facility “to be equipped with chargers at nearly every sparking spot”. What’s nice about the facility is that it is eco-friendly, as power that comes in is generated via hydropower. The parking facility also caters to different users’ needs, and is equipped with high-speed chargers.
Toni Pekonen, Commercial Property Director of Varma, said that when the number of electric cars increases, more charging stations will be needed in areas where they spend the most time in. This had already been considered by the EU legislation to take effect in 2019 concerning the requirements of electric vehicles in properties and new buildings.
With this facility opening soon, it seems like Finland is ready to own over 1,000 EVs and still not worry about not having enough charging stations. Forecasts indicate that Finland will be home to about 250,000 electric vehicles by 2030. And now that they own the largest EV parking garage, there may be a exponential growth in this area. Sources say that the main reason why residents are holding back (with regards to purchasing an EV) is the lack of infrastructure. So by 2030, Finland will probably have more facilities like this if things go well for Varma and Parkkisähkö Ltd’s new project.