Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management, and EMT, the leading mobile operator in Estonia, announced today that they have signed a business and technological agreement to build an electric vehicle charging solution for the Estonian market.
By combining their areas of expertise, the agreement will provide the two companies an opportunity to assess the market for an integrated approach to charging and payment. Schneider Electric will provide its quick-charging infrastructure technology, enabling 80% charging of a battery in less than 15 minutes, as well its energy management services for users and operators. EMT will provide its in-house mobile parking payment solutions and its know-how in end-user relations (web portal, help line, invoicing, etc.).
Through the partnership with EMT, Schneider Electric reaffirms its ambition to offer simple, efficient and accessible charging solutions for future electric vehicle users in Estonia, said Kari Laine, President of Schneider Electric Finland and the Baltic States. By combining our expertise, EMT and Schneider Electric will be able to provide consumers with a unique solution to manage and pay for charging their electric 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, said Kalm. 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.
The infrastructure solution developed by Schneider Electric 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, the chargers can inform users of their availability, charging status and send information to the vehicles owner when the charging process is complete. Compatible with smart grid technology, the chargers will eventually be able to identify and select the energy sources available in the grid.
This agreement will allow the two partners to offer a standard solution and to jointly enter the tender launched by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication (MEAC) of Estonia to develop a full-country quick-charging infrastructure for electric vehicle in coming year.