Neste introduces electric charging service for logistics companies in Finland

Source: press release, 15 February 2022

Neste Charging service
Neste Charging service (photo: Neste)

Neste will introduce its first dedicated charging service for logistics companies in the Finnish market in February 2022. Neste ran a service pilot in 2021 together with Finnish moving and logistics company Niemi Services Ltd. The pilot was a success, and the Neste Charging service will be widely available for the transport industry to support companies in achieving their ambitious climate goals. By using the Neste Charging service to charge their electric vehicles, logistics companies can reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 85%* on average. This figure is based on a 5-year average of the electricity used in Finland’s national grid as well as European regulations.

Neste has been at the forefront in reducing transport-related emissions with its Neste MY Renewable Diesel™. This fuel allows drivers and companies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90%** compared to fossil diesel use. The fuel is globally available in Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands and the United States in California and Oregon. In Finland, more than 150 stations provide Neste MY Renewable Diesel for both business and private motorists. With the new charging service, Neste wishes to offer its customers an expanded product range for the transition to low-emission transport.

“We want to help our customers reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, and we are continuously investigating possibilities to support companies in achieving carbon neutrality. Although heavy transport vehicles will be powered by diesel for a long time to come and renewable diesel provides opportunities for significant reductions of emissions, other solutions are additionally needed to reduce the emissions from transport. An increasing number of transport and logistics companies will operate fleets comprising diesel, electric and gas-powered vehicles in the future, and that is why we wish to expand our services to include electric charging solutions. We are pleased to quickly and widely introduce the charging service for companies operating in Finland. We are investigating the possibility of later expanding the service to the Baltic market,” says Tuomas Kulola, Head of Sales in Marketing & Services at Neste.

The Neste Charging service enables logistics companies to charge their fleet, as well as the vehicles of their subcontractors, at their own depot, minimising the need to drive elsewhere for the purpose of charging. The service includes smart charging solutions as a complete package and allows charging with the Neste mobile app or an RFID tag. Monitoring greenhouse gas emissions and emissions reductions is possible with the Neste emissions reporting service, introduced to the Finnish market in August 2021.

Charging solution for workplaces – pilots start in Porvoo and Espoo in Finland
Neste is currently planning its own dedicated electric charging solution for workplaces. The aim is to begin pilots at Neste’s Porvoo refinery and the company’s head office in Espoo, Finland during 2022.

“Offering our electric charging service on-site at transport company locations marks our first step in supporting the electrification of transport. Our next goal is to pilot a passenger car charging solution with Neste employees and others who visit Neste’s Porvoo refinery and Espoo head office during the current year. At the same time, we are exploring options for a public charging network as part of our own station network. Although electrification is advancing more quickly in light transport compared to heavy transport, all lower-emission power sources will remain necessary in light transport far into the future,” says Kulola.

*) Lifetime emissions of electricity used for charging compared to the use of fossil diesel. The Neste Charging service typically uses the existing distribution network connection on the customer’s property. In this case, the electricity source is determined by the customer’s electricity service contract.

**) The methodology for calculating life cycle emissions and emissions reduction complies with the European Union’s Renewable Energy Directive II (2018/2001/EU).