Sarpsborg, Norway and Stockholm, Sweden (PRWEB) September 02, 2014
Ostfold County in Norway has set a target to have 20% of public parking sites equipped or enabled for EV charging by 2020. In choosing their partners and suppliers, Ostfold County emphasize solutions that are both cost effective and help them retain flexibility in the choice of charging equipment suppliers and operators, now and into the future.
Says Ostfold County Industry Advisor Climate & Energy Joakim Sveli: “The Unimi base is an equipment neutral solution on which any charging station model may be attached, giving us the option to use any supplier and making us compliant with public procurement regulations.” Ostfold County has installed dozens of Unimi-1BaseTM and has verified many benefits from their use. Joakim Sveli continues: “Our experience is that charging station installation can be costly. Unimi base gives us the flexibility to conduct construction and cabling work at sites in combination with landscaping and other work and has delivered us cost savings up to 60% compared to installing charging stations one at a time.” Mr. Sveli concludes: “Based on our experience, we are satisfied with the performance and quality of the Unimi base and can recommend the use of Unimi’s charging equipment neutral base system to others.”
Unimi Solutions, a start-up company originating from Sweden, has developed an innovative, patent pending EV foundation concept and Unimi-1BaseTM product family since 2010. Unimi-1BaseTM provides a robust, high-quality foundation, which is interoperable with all ground mounted EV charging stations. The Unimi-1BaseTM is designed to simplify the installation of EV charging stations, to deliver both cost savings and environmental benefits during the lifetime of the EV charging infrastructure and to ensure full flexibility in using preferred EV charging stations. Says Vesa Koivisto, Managing Partner, Unimi Solutions, “We are proud that Unimi-1BaseTM was chosen by Ostfold County as the standard foundation solution for their EV charging network. Ostfold County has recognized expertize in area of EV charging. We are excited to be able to partner with Ostfold County and help the County to build a sustainable and future-proof foundation for their expanding EV charger network.”
For more information:
Joakim Sveli, joasve1(at)ostfoldfk(dot)no alt. joakim(at)sveli(dot)no, +47-99 74 30 92
Vesa Koivisto, vesa(at)unimisolution(dot)com, +1-917-324 1257
About Unimi Solutions
Unimi Solutions develops and offers universal standard solution for ground mounting of Electric Vehicle charging units. Unimi Solutions’ innovative, modular concept and Unimi-1BaseTM product family deliver cost and environmental savings throughout the life cycle of charging infrastructure and helps the owners and operators of charging systems to provide the best service to customers. Unimi Solutions’ current client base includes, among others, utilities, municipalities, construction companies, parking operators and restaurants. Unimi Solutions is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden with offices in New York and Sliema, Malta.
About Ostfold County
Ostfold County, with population of appr. 285.000 is located in South-Eastern Norway and is a main transport corridor between Oslo and Sweden. Ostfold County has a vision to build a recognizable system for access, placement and signage for EV charging infrastructure in their region. The goal of Ostfold county is to reach 20% EV charging coverage at public parking sites in addition to offering EV charging possibility to all County employees and visitors at County locations.
About Electric Vehicles in Norway (source: Wikipedia)
The fleet of Electric Vehicles (EV) in Norway is the largest per capita in the world, with EV penetration reaching 4 EVs per 1000 people in 2013, which, as comparison, is 9 times higher than in the USA. The Norwegian Electric Vehicle market share of new car sales is the highest in the world, with 5.6% of new car sales being EVs in 2013. This trend is further strengthening as during first quarter of 2014 all-electric vehicles reached a record of 14.5% market share of new car sales. Also, Norway is the first country in the world to have electric cars topping the new car sales monthly ranking. From September 2013 to March 2014, five times an electric car has ranked as the top selling new car in the country.