October 19, 2018

Five for Friday: Electric vehicle solutions

It’s electric! Finnish innovation in clean energy is on the move.
It’s electric! Finnish innovation in clean energy is on the move.
Julia Bushueva

These Finnish companies are going places with their electric approach to getting from point A to point B.

After getting to know Q-Yacht’s electric approach to boating earlier this week, we decided to check out some other transport options on offer from Finland for those looking to spark up their lives with some cleantech.

Toroidion

Displaying a retro design with gull wing doors and fenders along with conventional boot luggage space, Toroidion’s 1MW concept car Toro is not only a race car, but a street-legal weekend getaway car. And it’s powered by a battery that lasts roughly 500 kilometres and can be changed without coming to a complete stop.

“We call it Toro because it’s like a raging bull,” designer and CEO Pasi Pennanen, told us in 2015. “People talk about horse power, but with an electric car you should call it bull power.”

Plugit Finland

Having a vehicle that runs on voltage is one thing. But what to do when there’s nowhere to juice up? This company provides electric vehicle charging solutions to housing co-operatives, employers and other companies, specialising in white-label solutions that allow other firms to bring charging services to their customers.

It also sells its solutions to individuals, who typically seek to buy and install a charging device at their home following the purchase of an electric car.

“New electric car owners tend to have a lot of questions about charging,” explained Topi Aaltonen, Plugit’s director of sales and marketing. “We’re experts in the area, while traditional electricians rarely have extensive knowledge of the topic.”

Linkker

Get on the bus! This company develops and manufactures electric buses that outperform the alternatives offered by its larger competitors in energy efficiency, operational performance and environmental friendliness.

“Our vision consists of three steps: energy efficiency and electrification, digitalisation, and automation,” co-founder and CFO Tom Granvik explained earlier this year. “What we’re doing is using digitalisation to make the system smarter. Once it’s smart enough, we’ll move on to automation.”

Visedo

This company has made an impact by focusing on powerful hybrid and electric systems, such as for the maritime, public transport and heavy machinery industries. These power systems need to operate efficiently and reliably in tough conditions.

“Simply put, our mission is to end pollution through electrification,” CEO Kimmo Rauma said last year. “The shift towards the electrification of the world’s transport is already underway. We are at a point in history much like when petrol replaced the horse and cart, but now electricity is replacing diesel.”

Virta

This week also brought the news that this electric vehicle charging provider is collaborating with leading energy company E.ON to create one of the largest EV charging networks in Europe.

“Two-thirds of global combustion CO2 emissions are produced in the sectors of energy and transportation,” stated Virta CEO Jussi Palola. “Electric vehicles reduce oil-based emissions on a significant scale and EV storage enables the increase of renewable energy resources globally. Our commitment is aligned with E.ON – to make intelligent charging services an industry standard.”

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