Schneider Electric and EMT inaugurate the first quick charging station for electric vehicle in the baltic region

Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management, and EMT, the leading mobile operator in Estonia, have inaugurated the first public quick charging station with mobile payment solution for electric vehicles in Baltic region on October 4, 2011, in the port of Tallinn (Estonia).
The solution developed by the two partners combines Schneider Electric quick-charging infrastructure technology for electrical vehicle, enabling 80% of battery charging in less than 15 minutes, with EMTs in-house mobile payment solution. The solution enables vehicle batteries to be charged safely, and optimizes the charging load according to the vehicles needs and the power available in the grid. Thanks to a built-in telecommunications system, chargers inform the users of their availability, charging status and send information to the vehicles owner when the charging process is complete.

Opening the first public quick charging station is a perfect example of simple, efficient and accessible charging solution to current and future electric vehicle users in Estonia, said Kari Laine, President of Schneider Electric Finland and the Baltic States. By combining their expertise, EMT and Schneider Electric are today able to present consumers a unique solution to manage and pay for charging electrical vehicles.

According to Valdo Kalm, CEO of EMT, developing a system for mobile payment of electric car charging is an interesting challenge and an opportunity to offer customers a new and innovative service, EMT can utilize its 11-year experience in managing mobile parking in cities. With the service developed by EMT, contractual customers of all mobile operators can buy electricity for a car and park without prior registration. For customers, this means a significant improvement in usage and convenience.

According to Allan Kiil, Board Member of AS Tallina Sadam, the charging station for electric vehicle, to be opened by Schneider Electric and EMT in the territory of the Port of Tallinn, has not only a practical use but also a symbolic meaning for the port. Environment protection and nature conservation, particularly the use of green energy, is one of the most important priorities in the activities of the Port of Tallinn. This is why the location of the charging station in one of the largest hubs of the City Centre is very appropriate and welcome, stressed Kiil.

Schneider Electric and EMT will continue their collaboration, using their expertise to provide a reliable infrastructure bound for electric mobility in the Baltic region.

About Schneider Electric

As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities & Infrastructures, Industries & Machine manufacturers, Non-residential buildings, Data centers & Networks, and in Residential. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the Groups 110,000 plus employees achieved sales of 20 billion euros in 2010, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy.

About EMT

EMT is a TeliaSonera subsidiary in Estonia. TeliaSonera provides network access and telecommunication services in the Nordic and Baltic countries, the emerging markets of Eurasia, including Russia and Turkey, and in Spain. TeliaSonera helps people and companies communicate in an easy, efficient and environmentally friendly way. Our ambition is to be number one or two in all our markets, providing the best customer experience, high quality networks and cost efficient operations. TeliaSonera is also the leading European wholesale provider with a wholly-owned international carrier network. In 2010, TeliaSoneras net sales amounted to SEK 107 billion, and at the end of December 2010 the total number of subscriptions was 156 million in 20 countries.
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