Norway’s capital, Oslo, now boasts bus-lane access for electric vehicles (EVs), recharging stations aplenty, privileged parking, and toll-free travel for electric cars.
The initiative began in the 1990s as an effort to cut pollution, congestion, and noise in urban centres; now its primary rationale is combating climate change. Today, Norway has the highest per capita number of all-electric cars in the world.
The Norwegian experiment shows every sign of accelerating past all of our expectations. Norway opened the world’s largest fast-charging station in early 2018, which can charge up to 28 vehicles in about half an hour. The country intends to phase out all fossil fuel-powered automobiles by 2025.
Elon Musk, CEO of the US electric car company Tesla Motors, responded to Norway’s goal by tweeting: “What an amazingly awesome country. You guys rock!”
Can we ever beat this? Probably, and we have to start somewhere. The somewhere in this case is in Coventry – centre of the UK’s Electric vehicle movement.
What’s needed to kick start revolution is people like you – yes you – to start acting. You’ve started by reading this blog and you can do more by having a look at the range of vehicles to suit your driving needs.
Once you’ve done this – you’ll be truly on board and we can all start putting pressure on the government to encourage bus lane access, faster charging points and even bigger tax breaks!