Norway: Why do they love electric cars in the Arctic Circle?

June 11th, 2016 Comments Off on Norway: Why do they love electric cars in the Arctic Circle?

Tromso, a Norwegian cityUK set to see rapid rise of electric car superchargers in 2014. Read more ... » known as the “Gateway to the Arctic”, receives no sunlight for two months of the year.
Yet this remote, beautiful, snowy city is the unlikely focus of the global electricBit overdue: Are we on the brink of an electric car revolution?. Read more ... » carBit overdue: Are we on the brink of an electric car revolution?. Read more ... » industry, attracting the attention of Silicon ValleyTesla Model S vs Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid. Read more ... » entrepreneurs such as Elon MuskShould Everyone Lease Cars All The Time? Elon Musk Says Yes (esp electric). Read more ... », founder of electric carGood News for St Albans City: First Capital Connect opens electric car charging points. Read more ... » maker TeslaAnother ILS tech startup development: Charge your Car In minutes.... Read more ... ».
His companyAnother ILS tech startup development: Charge your Car In minutes.... Read more ... » has recently opened a showroom there – its most northerly outpost.
Why? Because Norway#oslo #norway : #ev #electricVehicle is in full swing. Pleasant surprise. Even met the Charging Researcher!. Read more ... », it seems, is simply nuts about electric carsBit overdue: Are we on the brink of an electric car revolution?. Read more ... ».
The country is the worldBit overdue: Are we on the brink of an electric car revolution?. Read more ... » leader in electric carsExtra charging points for electric vehicles in Fife. Read more ... » per capita and has just become the fourth country in the world to have 100,000 of them on the roads.
When you consider the other nations on the list are the USElectric Car and Plug-in Hybrid. Read more ... » (population: 320 million), JapanElectric News: Nissan #Leaf price cut by £2,500 (starts at £23,490). Read more ... » (pop. 130 million) and ChinaBYD adding to Shenzen's city fleet with 500 e6 electric police cars. Read more ... » (pop. 1Norway Is Model Society for Electric Vehicles. Read more ... ».35Electric car grant: time is short before they pull the plug on £5,000 giveaway. Read more ... » billion), then that is quite an achievement for this rugged, sparsely populated country of just five million.

Some of its politicians wantShanghai: Electric car owners are switching on to personal charging systems. Read more ... » to ban the sale of new petrolElectric News: Nissan #Leaf price cut by £2,500 (starts at £23,490). Read more ... » and diesel cars by 2025, which prompted MuskUPDATED: Tesla Model S Gets New 90-kWh Battery, 'Ludicrous' Performance Mode. Read more ... » to tweet: “What an amazingly awesome country. You guys rock!!”
On an earlier visit in April, he attributed a lotBMW enter the electric car market with 'truly radical' i3. Read more ... » of Tesla’s success to the country’s pioneering stance on electric cars.
So how has Norway managed it? 

Elisabeth Bryn helps explain the answer. The 56-year-old teacher enjoys drivingElectric Car and Plug-in Hybrid. Read more ... » in the icy streets of Tromso and she can barely contain her excitement as she misses our turn.
“It is such a goodElectric Car and Plug-in Hybrid. Read more ... » feeling to drive a clean car. It means I have a clean conscience and it works out cheaper in the longWow: Dyson might be building electric car, joining Apple and Google in looking to make vehicles of the future. Read more ... » run,” she tells the BBC.
But it is economic incentive"Things you should know" flyer about Tesla model S UK Benefits / Tax breaks #ev. Read more ... » as much as environmental concern#ElectricCar News: EV trial shows future viability, says Zenith. Read more ... » that is fuelling the rise in greenWow: Best Green Cars in 2015 New Electric Vehicles Hitting the U.S. Market. Read more ... » cars – Norway introduced a raft of generous subsidies to encourage people to go electric.

Electric Car Incentive List 

It launched an aggressive tax policySub £7,000 electric car leads charge to an economical future in Derby (Fluence). Read more ... » towards high-polluting cars, while offering zero tax on zero-emission cars. This “polluter pays” policy brought the costShanghai: Electric car owners are switching on to personal charging systems. Read more ... » of an electric car into line with a conventionally powered one.
Bryn is clearly shrewd about the numbers and says the entire cost of her car will be recouped within eight years thanks to the tax and fuelNot just You and I: Green vehicle demand revs up as UK electric car sales quadruple. Read more ... » savings.

Free juice

But aren’t people worried about running out of powerAnother ILS tech startup development: Charge your Car In minutes.... Read more ... »? Lack of range#oslo #norway : #ev #electricVehicle is in full swing. Pleasant surprise. Even met the Charging Researcher!. Read more ... » is the electric car’s Achilles heel after all.
This is where Norway comes into its own, as Bryn demonstrates at a public chargingGood News for St Albans City: First Capital Connect opens electric car charging points. Read more ... » pointElectric News: Nissan #Leaf price cut by £2,500 (starts at £23,490). Read more ... » on an industrial estate out of town.
 The electricityAnother ILS tech startup development: Charge your Car In minutes.... Read more ... » being pumped into her car is free.

Norway is fortunate enough to have close to 100% renewable and cheapIts #2013: Second #Upgraded spec #EV (s) are coming to the market. Lookout for deals! #ElectricVehicle #Green. Read more ... » hydro power production.
According to the Norwegian Electric VehicleWales launches first #ElectricCar club. Read more ... » Association, even if all three million cars on the country’s roads were electric, they would suck up just 5Its excitingly close: Tesla Model S delivered to first European customers. Read more ... »-6Tough but gotta be done: Netherlands may ban sale of non-electric cars by 2025. Read more ... »% of the annual hydro power electricity production.
Elisabeth Bryn loves her electric car, but some of her friends worry about flat batteriesWow: Dyson might be building electric car, joining Apple and Google in looking to make vehicles of the future. Read more ... »

RapidSouth Yorkshire: Super-fast charging points for electric cars. Read more ... » charging points100 electric car charging stations to be installed around Oxford in world's biggest scheme. Read more ... » can pump her NissanElectric News: Nissan #Leaf price cut by £2,500 (starts at £23,490). Read more ... » LeafElectric News: Nissan #Leaf price cut by £2,500 (starts at £23,490). Read more ... » with up to 80% chargeSource London expands with POLAR Charging infrastructure. Read more ... » in just 30 minutesAnother ILS tech startup development: Charge your Car In minutes.... Read more ... ». Alternatively, Bryn can charge her car at homeElectric car project explores second life for batteries. Read more ... » at a much slower pace overnight.
It helps that Norway is also the biggest oil producer in Western Europe#oslo #norway : #ev #electricVehicle is in full swing. Pleasant surprise. Even met the Charging Researcher!. Read more ... » and the world’s third largest exporter of natural gas. In other words, Norway is rich enough to subsidise its electric car lifestyle#Norway #Oslo : Electric Car typical ownership lifestyle snap. "This it's done". Read more ... ».

Range anxiety

But despite these considerable perks, not everyone is convinced.
In Oslo#oslo #norway : #ev #electricVehicle is in full swing. Pleasant surprise. Even met the Charging Researcher!. Read more ... » there are more than 14EV Message: Electric surge as record numbers of drivers switch to plug-in cars. Read more ... »,000 electric cars – about 30#Norway #Oslo : Electric Car typical ownership lifestyle snap. "This it's done". Read more ... »% of the marketElectric Car and Plug-in Hybrid. Read more ... ». But in the more northern reaches – cities like Tromso – enthusiasm has been more muted.
This may be explained by the tough terrain and “range anxiety” – concerns that a flat batteryElectric Car and Plug-in Hybrid. Read more ... » will leave them stranded in arctic conditions.
Can electric cars perform as well in far northern climes?

Studies have shown that electric car performanceElectric Car and Plug-in Hybrid. Read more ... » can deteriorate markedly in extreme cold or hot conditions. And Nissan, whose Leaf modelSunderland Nissan #LEAF production begins today. Read more ... » is the biggest selling electric vehicle#oslo #norway : #ev #electricVehicle is in full swing. Pleasant surprise. Even met the Charging Researcher!. Read more ... » in Norway, admits that the car’s 124-mileWell done N. Ireland: 100 new electric car charging points in Northern Ireland. Read more ... » maximum range can fall significantly in icier conditions when the heating, lights and demister are all draining the charge more thirstily.
Bryn says such concerns have put off some of her friends: “They have a cabin deep in the countryside and said they just couldn’t trust an electric car to get them there. They said there just weren’t enough charging pointsSource London expands with POLAR Charging infrastructure. Read more ... ».”

Yet Tesla’s new showroom in Tromso, and the steady growth in the numberElectric News: Nissan #Leaf price cut by £2,500 (starts at £23,490). Read more ... » of public charging points, demonstrates the industry’s commitment to spreading the green message no matter how inhospitable the environment.

And the rest of the world is learning lessons from Norway.

GermanyElectric-only Opel Ampera: Charged up and almost ready to go. Read more ... » has just announced a €1bn (£784m; $1.1bn) incentive schemeWales launches first #ElectricCar club. Read more ... » to get more consumers buying electric cars, for example.
Christian Ruoff, publisher of US electric car magazine, Charged, sums it up: “Electric car makers in the US see Norway as a window into the future.
“Norway shows that if governments can make electric cars as affordableWow: Best Green Cars in 2015 New Electric Vehicles Hitting the U.S. Market. Read more ... » as petrol equivalents then motorists, even in the Arctic Circle, will buyBit overdue: Are we on the brink of an electric car revolution?. Read more ... » them.
“It also busts the myths that electric cars and their batteries are only suitable for cities with more moderate climates like Oslo or San Francisco.”

Source: http://wwwSales of electric cars rise by 120% in a year. Read more ... ».bbc.co.ukNot just You and I: Green vehicle demand revs up as UK electric car sales quadruple. Read more ... »/newsUPDATED: Tesla Model S Gets New 90-kWh Battery, 'Ludicrous' Performance Mode. Read more ... »/businessWow: Dyson might be building electric car, joining Apple and Google in looking to make vehicles of the future. Read more ... »-36402942

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