Study visit to Norway
In February 2016 the Latvian Project team visited Norway to learn more about activities implemented in the world’s leading e-mobility country. The programme of the study tour was prepared by Jan Tore Gjøby from the Norwegian project partner Enmira AS.
Here’s a little insight into the visit:
The Norwegian EV Association unites around 30 000 members. The main objective of Norwegian Government for supporting development of e-mobility is substantial reduction of CO2 emissions in transport sector.
Around 75 000 electric vehicles have been registered in Norway and the most sold models are Volkswagen e-Golf, Nissan Leaf and Tesla. The main factors fostering rapid development of e-mobility in Norway are substantial tax reductions (registration tax and VAT) when purchasing EV’s, as well as fuel and maintenance savings.
There are more than 6000 EV charging points in Norway, 323 of them providing fast or semi-fast charging. Although charging possibilities in the Northern part of Norway are limited at the moment, there are plans to develop charging network in this area as well in order to provide sufficient charging opportunities throughout the country. Joakim Sveli from Fortum Charge and Drive told that his company is actively installing fast charging stations in all regions of Norway. Use of fast chargers is a paid service while public slow charging is mostly free for users.
In the nearest future the world’s largest EV parking and charging facility in the center of Oslo will be opened by Salto Ladestasjoner, with capacity of close to 100 EV to be parked and charged simultaneously. The parking lot is located beneath an ancient castle and can be used as bomb shelter in case of need.
Another important advantage is that EV’s in Norway are allowed to use public transport lanes but due to increasing number of EV’s during morning hours to drive into the centre of Oslo at least two persons have to be inside the car.