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No concerns over increase in electricity consumption due to EV uptake in Finland

The number of EVs in Finland is set to increase significantly in the near future from the current level of around 15 000 (including hybrids). The Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications estimates that by 2030, there could be close to 700 000 EVs on Finnish roads, though the current government has set a more moderate target of a quarter of a million EVs in use by the same date. This increase will create a corresponding rise in electricity consumption required for charging the EVs’ batteries. These batteries will mostly be charged at night and any resulting night-time peaks in electricity consumption will be dealt with via smart charging systems. EVs could also act as electricity stores, from which power could be borrowed when necessary for the national grid. Three quarters of a million fully electric vehicles would lead to only a 3% jump in Finland’s overall electricity consumption. This can easily be dealt with by the nation’s existing electricity network and will not create the need for any modifications to current infrastructure.

Original article (in Finnish): https://www.hs.fi/talous/art-2000006004974.html