Long-distance driving in the middle of winter can be challenging, especially when the charging network in northern Finland is relatively small compared to neighboring Sweden and Norway.

In northwestern Russia, there are virtually no Brent, chargers, or electric vehicles.

In an interview with Barents Observer last week, Foreign Minister Peka Havisto Barent Observer explained the need for better infrastructure for battery-powered cars in an interview with the Finnish presidency.

“Appropriate infrastructure, such as electric vehicle charging, must be available in areas with low population density and long distances to achieve sustainable transportation,” says Havisto.

The ministry has confirmed that it will use the next two years as the chairman of the Barentes Council to develop an electric vehicle in the Barentes area.

In the Barints region, the proximity of electric vehicle chargers, especially fast and superchargers, is relatively low. We are trying to use our President’s situation to raise awareness and find practical solutions, ”he said.

Peka Havisto represents the Greens and was previously Minister of the Environment in the late 1990s under the government of Pavo Liponen.


At the northern end of Finland there are only three semi-fast chargers for electric cars in Lapland. Two by Soddankila and one by Levi. The fourth will be installed in Evalo next spring. Tesla has a super charger in Karesuvanto, but that is only for American cars.

Semi-instantaneous charge in Sadankila, 100 km from the Arctic Circle in Lapland, Finland. Photo: Thomas Nelson

“We are trying to raise the awareness of our president and find practical solutions. We need to build relationships on a sustainable basis and overcome distance barriers,” he said.

Finland is behind the sale of electric vehicles (EVs) to its Nordic neighbors this summer, with an unprecedented change in the number of fully electric cars in diesel cars, according to new car sales statistics.

However, petrol cars are expected to continue to dominate the market in Finland in the coming years, with 8 out of 10 new cars currently being sold in Norway.

Home call

“I think the Barents Council can give this kind of alarm to all the northern areas. This is based on battery technology and car technology. We already have 500 km of charging in one charge, and if we look at it ten years ago, vehicle technology is developing,” says Havisto.

On snowy roads and snow-covered roads, the size of the electric vehicle is very short compared to the summer climate in many southern regions.

The foreign minister acknowledged that the Barents Coalition did not have the financial resources to build a strong network of fast chargers, but called on regional authorities to contribute.

“Regional governments, municipalities and the private sector can implement such ideas, but I think now is the time for the whole region to sound the alarm,” Peka Havisto points out.

Electric car on northern roads. Photo: Thomas Nelson

He said the question of how to encourage electric vehicles and build a charging infrastructure on the Russian Peninsula is being discussed.

“This is a very good sign,” Havisto said.

The end of combustion engines will soon be global. In Europe, both the European Union and many countries have put an end to the period between 2025 and 2035, with the sale of petrol and diesel cars the last.