Electronics giant ABB is busily building what it claims is the world’s first nationwide EV charging network in the Baltic nation of Estonia. This snappy video highlights the typical European blend of ancient architecture and modern technology in the country’s capital, Tallinn, as a modern-looking dude drives his LEAF to work and hooks it up to a shiny new ABB fast charging station.
Estonia is one of Europe’s most EV-friendly countries. The government is electrifying most of the public fleet, and ordered 507 Mitsubishi i-MiEVs in October of 2011. In this video, Jarmo Tuisk, of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, explains that it was clear that the country needed to provide infrastructure for EVs as well. “There is no point to buy[ing] EVs without charging options on the road.”
The goal is to have a comprehensive network serving Estonia’s entire 30,000-kilometer road network. ABB is installing 700 charging points, 200 of them fast chargers, located along intercity roads and freeways. The company will also operate a network behind the scenes, providing remote assistance, remote management and smart software upgrades.