Tekes’ (Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation) Electric Vehicle Systems (EVS) programme (2011-15), set up by the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, allocated EUR 10 million (USD 11 million) in 2012 to support procurement of EVs and investment in charging points in order to collect related data in a real operating environment. Only companies could apply for funding. The support limit was set at 35% of the charging equipment costs. This support grant scheme proved to be
complicated for applicants and the communication strategy did not reach the right actors since it took some time for companies to start applying. Most of the funding went to research and development efforts, such as Arctic testing facilities.