A country well known for electronic government and advanced internet and telecom infrastructure, moves the story forward by investing heavily into the next generation electric vehicle infrastructure, making sample purchase for more than 500 Mitsubishi iMiev’s and providing additional grants to buy electric cars for another 500 people.
This makes Estonia a very electric vehicle dense country. The electromobility program is financed by selling Estonian excess CO2 quota to Mitsubishi Corporation.
Estonian Government is Leading the Way
- One of the largest demo cases in the world: Government buys social workers at the municipalities more than 500 electric cars (Mitsubishi ”iMiEV”) in 2011. The pilot project will enable to promote environmental awareness, improve the quality of social services and create new knowledge on electric vehicles in Estonia.
- Grant to buy an electric vehicle or a plug-in hybrid vehicle to individuals: the new grant scheme will enable Estonian private individuals to buy an electric car. The grant is available until the end of 2014 in the amount of up to 18 000 Euros per person in case of electric vehicles and up to 12 000 in case of plug-in hybrid vehicles. Beneficiaries of the grant will be using green energy based on green certificates.
163 fast chargers (CHAdeMO standard) will be installed around the country by the middle of 2013. Mission of the public infrastructure is to reduce range anxiety, support early adopters and ensure that EV users have access to emergency charging. Fast and ultra fast chargers will cover the whole of Estonia, being the biggest fast charging infrastructure project in Europe. Ultra fast charger charges the battery up to 80% of its capacity within 20 minutes. Charging network will be developed in cooperation of ABB, G4S and NOW! Innovations. Infrastructure of that scale creates a unique opportunity to test electric vehicles and associated applications.
- Ideal small and smart country demo market
- Product development, piloting
- R&D, software development
- Integration with existing advanced technologies:
- Contract manufacturing and engineering services
- Nordic and Baltic production & distribution hub
- Track testing, leisure based motor racing
Competitive Demo Country
As a result of government initiatives up to 1000 electric cars are expected to drive on the roads of Estonia by the end of 2013.
Estonia will provide an excellent opportunity to test the viability of electric cars in a flat country with challenging climate conditions:
- Max temperature in the past four years: 35,4º C
- Min temperature in the past four years: -32,4º C
- Mean relative humidity: 80-86%
- Average snow depth in 2011 up to 70 cm
Smart Mobility is the area where different sectors meet. Estonia has its biggest strengths and ICT, electronics and logistics.
Strenghts of Estonian labour pool
- Innovative talent pool: Estonia has long enjoyed an international reputation for technical expertise, coupled with innovation.
- Deep supply of all experience levels: Estonia offers an incredibly rich variety of ICT skills, to accommodate applications that are being developed and those that are being maintained.
- Age profile assures long-term supply of talent: The proportionally high level of young workers within ICT suggests that it remains an attractive long-term proposition for local talent supply. This is supported to some extent by the emergence of more niche oriented specialisms, such as gaming.
- High levels of education: ICT has a higher than average degree/post graduate education level, which will bode well for future co-operative ventures, perhaps encompassing Engineering.
- Multi-skilled workforce: Estonian ICT professionals can already meet skills demand for "hot" sectors such as green initiatives and renewable energy.
Find out more about labour availability in Estonia and read case studies of foreign investors in Estonia.
Download the Smart Mobility brochure.
To find out more, please contact:
Ms Ele Merike Pärtel
Phone: +372 627 9526