Electric vehicle network

We see that the next future trend lies in electric cars. The electric transport network is becoming a large infrastructure in Estonia and it is important to develop it together with the electricity network. Managing large infrastructures is faster and more beneficial to the society.

Public charging

Estonia was the first country in the world to establish a national fast-charging ELMO network for electric cars in 2011-2013. Since the end of 2019, Elektrilevi has been the owner of the ELMO network. From 2020, we will be replacing existing chargers in the ELMO network so that it could be also used by the cars with a CCS plug (especially of European origin) in addition to the cars with a ChaDeMo plug (especially of Japanese origin). We will also increase the network capacity to provide a full capacity charging service.

Besides upgrading the ELMO network, we will also establish a number of new modern charging stations that are also equipped with ChaDeMo and CCS plugs. In addition to fast chargers (50 kW), we will also install ultra-fast (>150 kW) chargers that are able to charge your car battery to the capacity of 80% in just 15 minutes.

Additional information

elektritransport@elektrilevi.ee

Charging at home

Electric cars can also be charged at home. Charging can be done using either a standard power outlet or a dedicated home charger. Usually, the battery is charged at night when other electricity consumption is minimal and there is no risk of overloading the main fuse. In addition, the night price of electricity and the network fee are lower. However, if the size of the existing main fuse is insufficient, you can ask Elektrilevi to increase it.

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Charging at home

There are two ways to charge at home:

  • Charging from the socket - this solution is simple and requires no special preparation. The cable that comes with the car must be plugged into a 220V outlet. The biggest disadvantage is the time. It takes up to 24 hours to charge the battery.
  • Charging with the home charger - this solution is faster. With a special charger, the car battery is fully charged in 5-10 hours. Most common home chargers require a single-phase electrical connection and 16 A fuse to operate and can be mounted on a wall or pole. When choosing a home charger, first take into account the amount of free power available in the household and then the capacity of the electric car battery.