While the market growth for electric cars may be encouraging in Britain, it is phenomenal in Norway. In 2020, 54.3% of all new cars registered in Norway where BEVs (battery electric vehicles) and a further 20.4% where PHEVs (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles). Of all cars on Norwegian roads, more than 15% are now BEVs or PHEVs, jointly known as plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). The picture shows five Tesla Model S cars participating in the 2015 EV Festival in Geiranger, Norway.
There was much talk about street charging from lampposts or special charging points a few of years ago, but most such points only deliver 3.75 or possibly 7kW, and are, just like most home charging points, mainly intended for over night charging. So the main effort when expanding the network of public charging points is to install fast (22kW), rapid (43-50kW) or ultra-rapid (150kW) charging points, which are mainly situated at petrol stations or supermarket parkings. An ultra-rapid charge point which can deliver an extra 100 miles of driving in just 15 minutes. However, Tesla introduced their V3 Superchargers (250kW) in 2019, which can deliver more than 250 miles in 15 minutes, and one can expect that other car and charging point manufacturers soon will increase their capacity as well. The picture shows a Nissan Leaf being charged at a BP Pulse (until December 2020 known as Polar) ultra-rapid charge point.
Page first published 18/02/2021