Range anxiety shouldn’t come as standard
Discover how we’re electrifying driving today, so you can live fossil free tomorrow.
On the road towards a fossil free future
Transport accounts for about one third of the world’s energy consumption. This means that e-mobility and the electrification of the transportation sector will play a huge part when it comes to a more sustainable future.
To speed up the transition to e-mobility, we need to provide an easily accessible charging infrastructure that meets the growing need for electrical charging. At Vattenfall, we are involved in several projects to make this happen by making normal and fast charging points easily and widely accessible. We do this by installing and operating private, public and semi-public charging points in Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany.
One of Europe’s largest charging networks
A sustainable future needs sustainable transport. Electric cars can play a key role in getting there, but with more electric cars driving on the streets, more charging points will be needed – on the road, at businesses and at home. That’s why we created our charging network InCharge. It’s one of the ways to accelerate the transition to e-mobility and achieve fossil free living within one generation.
The Vattenfall InCharge network is making an impact on e-mobility across Northern Europe. In the Netherlands we operate one of the largest public charging point networks. In Sweden and Germany, together with partners, we're building public and fast-charging stations all over the country.
In total, Vattenfall operates more than 40,000 charging points in Northern Europe and the number is growing rapidly. About 350,000 electric vehicle drivers have already used our charging stations, which shows us that electric driving is becoming the new normal.
Using surplus power for even faster charging
As e-mobility is on the rise together with the need for more sustainable means of transportation, we need to make it even easier to switch to fossil free transport. At Vattenfall we are working on many projects that will lead the way forward and solve some of the challenges that we're facing today when it comes to making the switch.
In our commitment to electrifying society, we have not only established the InCharge charging network, we also launched Flexpower Amsterdam, a flexible charging network for electric vehicles. Flexpower was conducted from December 2021 until October 2022 as a joint project with the Municipality of Amsterdam, grid operator Liander, construction company Heijmans, Vattenfall, the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and Dutch smart-charging innovation centre ElaadNL.
The purpose of the project was to boost Amsterdam's e-mobility capacities and prepare the city for an electrified future.
Flexpower varied the charging speed depending on the available capacity in the grid and the number of cars being charged at each moment. When more capacity was available, for example during the day because solar panels provide energy, or at night because other consumption was low, connected cars could be charged at maximum speed. As a result, more charging points could be placed at a location connected to the same local electricity grid.
Flexpower was so successful that it will become part of the national upscaling program "Smart Charging for Everyone", which is being worked on as part of the National Charging Infrastructure Agenda (NAL). The municipality of Amsterdam is working to apply the Flexpower concept to all current and future public charging points in Amsterdam. In doing so, they’re also putting the successful trial into practice.
Did someone say CAKE?
But we’re not only providing the infrastructure, we’re also in for the ride! Vattenfall is planning to develop the world’s first truly fossil free motorcycle together with CAKE, the Swedish electric motorcycle manufacturer. The collaboration between Vattenfall and CAKE combines cross-scientific competences that will result in a fossil free electric motorcycle that should be ready for commercial production in 2025.
“This collaboration is an excellent example of how we can contribute with fossil free know-how and supply chain expertise in a specific product that drives towards zero emissions“, says Annika Ramsköld, Head of Corporate Sustainability at Vattenfall.