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Estonia launches nationwide EV charging network totaling 165 stations

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Estonia EV network
Estonia EV network

Electric vehicle chargers aren't close to reaching ubiquity in the United States — a shortcoming highlighted by the recent Tesla / New York Times debacle — but other countries are already making great strides. Take Estonia for example, which just opened up a nationwide EV fast-charger network totaling 165 stations, each of which is positioned no further than 60 kilometers (37 miles) from the last. Juicing up your EV isn't free, but drivers have different options when it comes to making payments. A single charge can vary between 2.5 and 5 euros, but a monthly 30 euro fee will net unlimited charges throughout the country. Officials say the CHAdeMO-standard chargers can fill the batteries in most EVs to 90 percent in less than 30 minutes. Estonia first began building out its fast-charging network last summer, with 619 all-electric vehicles currently listed in the country's traffic register. Obviously distribution becomes a much taller task when dealing with the US and other nations that dwarf Estonia, but it's nice to see headway being made regardless.