Enova, Norway’s public agency to support projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, announced on Thursday an agreement with local energy companies to establish a network of fast chargers. 25 locations are selected from Birtavarre in the west to Hesseng in the east, from Mehamn in the north to Kautokeino in the south .
Each site will have a charger with at least 150 kW, one with 50 kW and two 22 kW chargers. The power cables will be dimensioned for a possible future upgrade for 300 kW ultra-fast chargers, Enovainforms .
“Including the seven charging stations that we started with Alta Kraftlag before Easter, this forms a basic network of chargers for a part of the country where this has been lacking so far. We are very pleased that the energy companies in the region have now joined forces to realize these ambitions,” says Astrid Lilliestr éle, Marketing Manager at Enova.
It concludes that it will now be much more attractive to drive electric vehicles in northern Norway. Every second car sold in Norway is electric. No other country in the world has nearly as many electric cars per capita on the roads as Norway. By the end of May, a total of 300,000 battery-powered electric cars will be sold in the country. Every second car sold in Norway is electric. No other country in the world has nearly as many electric cars per capita on the roads as Norway. By the end of May, a total of 300,000 battery-powered electric cars will be sold in the country.
In addition to the now announced network of chargers, Tesla is about to open a network of eight new chargers within the Arctic Circle of Norway, Finland and Sweden.
Alta-based electricity supplier Ishavskraft will supply the electricity for the chargers and promises fully renewable energy. “Ishavskraft will ensure that the charging stations offer renewable energy from hydropower plants in northern Norway,” says CEO Stig A. Hanssen.
He sees the deal as part of efforts to create a more renewable and fully electric Norway.
The Minister for Climate and Environment, Sveinung Rotevatn, says in a statement that Norway’s ultimate goal is to sell only zero-emission cars by 2025.
“Unfortunately, we have fallen behind in the Districts of Troms and Finnmark due to a lack of charging facilities,” he says.
“I am very pleased with the support Enova is providing today. Now it will be easier to drive electric also in Troms and Finnmark, and it will be more attractive to buy an electric car,” adds Minister Rotevatn.
Heiner Kubny, PolarJournal