Driving Action: Oslo's Electric Vehicle Strategy Leading the Way
PUBLISHED March 07, 2013
C40 city Oslo has been described as the Electric Vehicle (EV) capital of Europe, and with good reason. There are currently around 2,500 EVs on Oslo’s streets, and that number increases to 5,500 if the city’s urban area is included. The local government hopes to grow those numbers through innovative policy and additional infrastructure.
Electric cars are one of Oslo’s strategies for improving air quality, reducing noise, and combatting climate change. The more than 500 public and free charging stations within the city, powered by Norwegian hydropower, add incentive for Oslo drivers to go electric and plug in.
Vice Mayor Ola Elvestuen has stated that this year, another 200 charging stations will be added on public ground in Oslo. Elvestuen explains that “high purchase taxes, road charges for fossil cars, and use of lanes reserved for public transport have been further triggers for introducing EVs in the Oslo urban area.”
The City itself has procured low emission vehicles for its municipality fleet in accordance with its Green Municipality Program. The new framework tender for the City’s procurement and leasing of vehicles currently only allows for zero emission EVs. According to Governing Mayor Stian Berger Røsland, “the tender will contribute to replace the 1,500 EVs in Oslo over the next years and thus be a strong policy instrument for further increasing the number of EVs in the City of Oslo.”
Norway counts more than 10,000 EVs on its roadways, making it the country with the largest EV ownership per capita in the world. To find out more, click here.