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HELSINKI: Finnish energy company Neste has begun a pilot electric vehicle charging service in Finland with logistics operator Niemi Services prior to the launch of commercial services by the end of this year.

Niemi Services operates 163 vehicles of which 120 run on renewable diesel, 35 on biogas and eight on electricity. The pilot programme in Helsinki enables the company to charge several electric vans at their own site every day.

“Making it possible for companies to have an electric charging service at their own sites is our first step in supporting the transport sector’s electrification,” said Tuomas Kulola, Neste head of Sales, Marketing & Services. “We’re also identifying opportunities to serve corporate customers in other locations with a public charging network,” he added.

Neste says it expects an increasing number of transportation and logistics companies to operate mixed fleets of diesel, electric and gas vehicles because of more products in the market, life-cycle costs are decreasing and legislation is changing.

“Our aim is to reduce our own particulate emissions to zero by 2030. To accomplish this, the existing biogas refueling and electric vehicle charging network must be expanded considerably in Finland,” noted Juha Niemi, director for large clients at Niemi Services.

“The current electric vehicle charging network is fragmented and unreliable, which limits the possibilities to use electric vehicles. Heavy-duty transportation companies require a wider electric vehicle charging network as their existing fleets are becoming more and more versatile. In addition to electrification, the use of renewable diesel will continue to be an important part of achieving Niemi’s climate strategy and carbon neutrality targets,“ he added.

Neste refines waste, residues and raw materials into renewable fuels and sustainable feedstock. Last year company revenue was €11.8 billion with 94 percent of its comparable operating profit derived from renewable products.
 
Finland aims to become carbon neutral by 2035.
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