HSL to arrange competitive tendering for the charging service of Espoo’s electric buses

The Executive Board of HSL has decided to arrange competitive tendering for the electric bus charging service intended for bus operators in Espoo. The decision to outsource the charging service was made together with the City of Espoo. Through the contractual arrangement, HSL aims to ensure that the charging infrastructure operates reliably and is sufficiently resourced.


The service provider tendered by HSL will be responsible for the charging service as a whole. The service must include, among other things, charging equipment, installations, electrical connection, service maintenance, on-call duty and electricity sales to bus operators. The City of Espoo will allocate the locations for charging stations and build the facilities for the charging equipment.

The first charging station is to be built in connection with the Leppävaara bus terminal and put into operation in 2020, at which time electric bus transport services are also expected to increase in the area.

The contract also includes an option for two other charging stations in Espoo. One would be located at the Tapiola bus terminal and the other at a yet unnamed destination.

 “Preparations have been made for the procurement by engaging in market dialogue with potential suppliers. The procurement will take place through a negotiation procedure during the summer. The actual procurement decision will be made by the Executive Board of HSL in the autumn”, says Project Director Reijo Mäkinen.

Since the establishment of the charging service requires significant investments from the service provider, the contract for the service will be concluded for seven years Thereafter, the contract can be further extended by option years (6 + 6 years), provided that the service has worked well.