Finnish retail group Kesko targets to double its electric vehicle charging network at a total of 200 locations this year.
There is currently a charging network in 107 locations throughout Finland and is operated by K-Auto branches under the K-Charging label.
The expansion will focus on fast, high-capacity charging points, according to Kesko. Expansion plans not only for new locations, but also old locations such as the Helsinki area will also be renewed.
Each location will have two 200 kW filling columns with two filling points.
“The number of electric cars continues to grow, and about a third of the new cars sold by K-Auto, for example, are already fully electric cars,” said Tom von Bonsdorff, the board member in charge of K-Charging.
In addition, there are plans to increase the number of charging stations at the branches of the DIY K-Raudo chain in the future.
In 2018, Kesko started building its own charging network at its site. The retailer is also an Ionity partner: the fast-charging joint venture has built several HPC parks in locations near highways.