In the webinar “The future of zero-emission transport”, industry experts addressed this issue.

This webinar covers the following topics:

  • How electric vehicle charging has evolved and what this means for users.
  • Discussion about the needs of passengers and how to overcome existing barriers
  • How will Oslo offer zero emission transport by 2025?
  • How will government planners be able to create the infrastructure needed for the transition to e-mobility, especially by introducing e-charging stations?
  • The importance of cooperation between cities, authorities, infrastructure providers and users

 

DC fast charging solution systems

 

How did Oslo manage to get the population excited about electromobility?

Oslo focused mainly on the three key factors:

  • Cheap to buy
  • Cheap to use
  • Convenient and practical to use

Cheap to buy:
Here Oslo has made an effort to make the choice to be environmentally friendly available to all. For example, they have exempted all electric vehicles from taxes, including VAT.

Cheap to use:
Parking is free for all electronically powered vehicles, as well as charging. In the centre of the city they have a huge parking garage only for electric vehicles.

Convenient and practical to use:
According to the motto: “Seeing is believing”. Oslo started providing charging stations early on, so it is now easy to get access to a charging station in Oslo. In addition, all electrically powered vehicles are allowed to use the bus line and thus leave the traffic jam behind in the morning or evening.

Here’s hoping that these key factors will soon make it into policy in our country as well.
The whole webinar has a lot more to offer, how they enabled challenges like access to charging facilities at home and much more.
Well worth watching.

Speakers:

Patrick Kern, Chief Executive Officer at BRUGG eConnect

Patrick KernPatrick is the CEO of BRUGG eConnect, with over 25 years’ experience in the cable industry. In 2018, as the then Head of the Industrial Cable Systems business segment, he already saw the potential of e-mobility and became strongly involved in the development of charging system solutions. In November 2019, he took over the management of the start-up BRUGG eConnect, which is an extension off BRUGG Cables AG.

In this brief time, BRUGG eConnect has become the technology leader in DC fast charging systems. Together with his team, he wants to contribute through innovation to the faster adaptation of electric mobility among the general population, faster charging, and a better charging infrastructure.

Patrick is the BRUGG Group’s prime example of internal development. He started in the company with a commercial apprenticeship and is now CEO of a division that achieved 60% more turnover last year than in the previous year.

Tomi Ristimäki, Chief Executive Officer at Kempower

Tomi RISTIMÄKITomi is the CEO of Kempower, with over 20 years’ experience in electrification and more than 10 years’ involvement in the e-mobility sector. He has worked in cleantech throughout his career, specifically focusing on electrification and unlocking energy savings for all stakeholders. Tomi is passionate about making the world cleaner and more sustainable by enabling the electrification transition.

Tomi joined Kempower in 2019 and leads the company as it establishes itself as the market-leading provider of DC fast charging devices and services for electric cars, off-highway machines, marine vessels and commercial vehicles. Before joining Kempower, he spent nearly a decade at Danfoss Editron, with primary responsibility for business development in the company’s vehicle electrification business unit. Tomi also counts cleantech industry heavyweights in Vacon and Honeywell as previous employers.

He holds a Master’s in Electrical Engineering and Industrial Management from Finland’s Tampere University of Technology. Tomi is quadrilingual, speaking Finnish, English, German and Swedish, while his electric vehicle manufacturer of choice is Tesla.

“As a kid, I was a huge fan of superheroes saving the world. While comics are fantasy, the spark of saving the world has remained in me throughout adulthood. Now, I’m in a position where I can switch from fantasy to real life and play my part in saving the world. I’m leading a company with a vision to revolutionize EV charging, allowing EVs to become the norm.”

Sture Portvik, Manager – Electro Mobility at the Agency for Urban Environment at the City of Oslo

Sture PortvikIn the Agency for Urban Environment, Sture Portvik has been responsible for the planning and rollout of new charging infrastructure – including both normal AC chargers and rapid DC chargers, new mobility houses and charging garages, as well as tailor-made charging solutions for electric trucks and freight vehicles, electric taxis and electric craft and service vans. He has also been the project leader for various EU-projects, such as: EVUE; FREVUE; SEEV4 City; Green Charge. All of this is in addition to innovative projects like the Fortress charging garage, Vulkan Green Mobility House, the world’s first project for Wireless Fast Charging of taxis and Oslo City hub, Norway’s first consolidation centre for electric heavy trucks.

 

Sara Teige Kalsås, Mobility Advisor, Agency for Urban Environment at the City of Oslo

Sara Teige Kalsås Since starting in the Agency for Urban Environment, the City of Oslo, in August 2021, Sara Teige Kalsås’ main tasks have been related to the planning processes of public chargers in Oslo, both AC and DC charging. In addition to this, she is involved in the project to build chargers reserved for taxis, freight vehicles and large trucks. This work involves finding appropriate locations, speaking to possible external partners, participating in public procurement processes and advising on strategic choices for the charging infrastructure system. Additionally, Sara is currently the project leader for an evaluation for the parking situation in Oslo’s car-free city zone. The department also has the strategic responsibility for parking in the city, and Sara is participating in advising on themes such as the city’s car-sharing scheme.