Finnish Emobility works project partners Ramboll Finland and Hermia Group carried out a fleet analysis in the City of Turku, Finland. During the analysis ca. 150 vehicles were studied e.g. in terms of vehicle type and model, daily total mileage and longest one-way trip. Based on the available vehicle information, an estimation on which of the current conventionally fueled vehicles could be replaced with electric vehicles (EVs) was made. The result is that even 40 % of the vehicles could be replaced with EVs during the next years. The municipal services using large number of small passenger cars (e.g. home care) are the most potential and most suitable users of e-cars. On the other hand, Turku has many heavy duty vehicles and other special needs for their vehicles (e.g. four-wheel drive). These cannot be replaced with EVs because such electric vehicles are not available on the Finnish markets at the moment. Moreover, it should be noted that in most cases daily total mileage or long one-way trips were not the main barrier when considering the suitability of an electric vehicle.
City of Turku has accepted Climate and Environment Programme in which it commits to sustainable development and to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions. The measures of the Climate and Environment Programme aim at making Turku a carbon neutral city by 2040. One of the measures is to promote the use of sustainable modes of transport and mobility for example electric mobility. City of Turku already has four electric passenger cars. Two of these e-cars are in shared use among employees. Local energy company Turku Energia is responsible of building public charging network. They have already built up four public charging stations in the region and more will be built next year.
More information of Turku can be found in www.turku.fi. If you are interested in the results of the fleet analysis, please contact Ramboll Finland or Hermia: http://emobilityworks.com/fi/c/yhteystiedot .