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Engineers Are Making an “Electric Highway” That Stretches From Norway to Italy

One More (EV Charger) for the Road

To facilitate the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), consumers need to know it’s just as easy to recharge EVs as it is to pump gas into a petrol or diesel car. We’ve seen companies like Tesla install hundreds of supercharger stations around the world — from the United States, to Australia and Europe, and even China. Automakers like BMW, Ford, and Volkswagen have come together for the pan-European charging network called IONITY, to install 400 charging stations in Germany, Norway, and Austria by 2020. In both cases, the stations are deliberately placed on highways or within populated urban areas to provide a convenient and reliable way for EV owners to charge up and get back on the road.

Now, two more companies — international energy and e-mobility company E.ON and Denmark e-mobility provider CLEVER — are partnering to build yet another network of charging stations. Over the next three years, their network will provide 180 “ultra-fast” charging stations across 7 countries between Norway and Italy. Each station has a capacity of 150 kW, putting it almost on par with Tesla’s 145 kW stations, but behind IONITY’s 350 kW capacity.

CLEVER isn’t the only company E.ON has partnered with; in fact, their team-up only accounts for 160 of the 180 charging stations. The final 20 will come as part of a deal with Norwegian service station chain YX. Based on how well construction goes on the initial 180 stations, E.ON and CLEVER are open to expanding to 400 stations spread throughout Europe.

“Together with strong partners we are taking a joint step towards establishing a comprehensive ultra-fast charging infrastructure in Europe,” said Frank Meyer, Head of Innovation and B2C at E.ON, in a statement. “We see a reliable ultra-fast charging network in combination with our home and destination solutions as main prerequisites for a mass market adoption of electric mobility.”

Fully Charged in 30 Electric Minutes or Less

The initiative has already received €10 million (nearly $12 million) in funding from the European Commission, and is only 1 of 4 projects chosen to be explored. The first series of stations will be located in Germany and Denmark, with each station containing 2-6 chargers. According to E.ON, each charger will be capable of fully charging a 400-km (248-mile) range battery in about 20-30 minutes. Of course, that’s only a rough estimate, and the actual charging time will vary by car and battery capacity.

“We believe that the combination of being able to cater for almost any car brand, securing the right locations, and offering customers well thought through solutions will be part of convincing people that EVs are a real alternative to conventional cars,” said CLEVER CEO Casper Kirketerp-Møller.

We’ll have to wait and see how successful and reliable their charging network will truly be, but consider their partnership to be another step forward to worldwide adoption of electric vehicles. Simply being a better alternative that diesel may be enough for some consumers to make the change, but convenience and availability of necessary resources goes a long way to winning people over. Hopefully we’ll see other companies and car manufacturers make similar moves to further entice people away from traditional vehicles.

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Tesla Just Announced the Site of the Largest Supercharger Station in Europe

Sizable Supercharger

If electric vehicles (EVs) are ever going to be widely adopted, a well-developed network of charging stations must be established. Tesla has said they hope to have 10,000 Superchargers around the world by the end of 2017, and this weekend’s announcement that they’ll soon be building the largest Supercharger station in Europe will contribute to that effort.

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Telsa will build the newly announced 42-stall site in Oslo, Norway, and the nation is a sensible choice for such a build — Norway is a global leader in the use of electric cars, having offered incentives on the vehicles since the 1990s.

“In Norway, there is a lot of interest in and increasing knowledge about electric cars, and more and more choose it as their main car,” Tesla Norway’s communications manager Even Sandvold told NRK. “Then it is important to have a good infrastructure, especially for long trips. We build out charging stations along important itineraries and important destinations, making it easy to go for a long trip.”

The Oslo site will be situated near the city’s Rygge airport, which should facilitate integration with the country’s wider transport network. While it will be the largest Supercharger station in Europe, it won’t be the biggest repository of Superchargers in the world. Last month, construction began in Shanghai, China, on a charging outpost that will host 50 units.

Land Grab

Tesla’s decision to build Europe’s largest Supercharger station in Norway may seem like an attempt to fortify their position in a country where electric cars are particularly popular. However, the company isn’t exactly dominating the Scandinavian nation’s EV market.

In the first six months of 2017, sales of Tesla’s Model S and Model X accounted for 45 percent of the entire market for electric cars in the U.S., according to statistics published by Forbes. However, the company manufactured only 15 percent of the electric vehicles sold in Norway over the same timeframe.

Tesla’s construction of this Supercharger station in Oslo is a tactical move — by building up infrastructure, the company may be able to increase vehicle sales in Norway. At present, only Tesla vehicles can use these charging facilities, although sharing the infrastructure with other manufacturers is a future possibility.

While cornering the market for electric car sales is a major priority for automakers, having the best charging infrastructure could be just as lucrative. Charging points are set to become the new gas stations, and whoever is being paid for the electricity that’s flowing from them into EVs stands to benefit greatly.

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Norway Makes Unprecedented Pledge to Ban the Use of Oil for Heating by 2020

The Norwegian Oil Ban

In 2020, Norway will become the first country in the world to ban the use of oil and paraffin to heat buildings. Vidar Helgesenlaid, the nation’s Environment Minister, laid it out clearly in a statement: “Those using fossil oil for heating must find other options by 2020.”

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The nation recommends citizens look into alternatives such as heat pumps, hydroelectricity, or even special stoves that burn wood chips. Eventually, the legislation could expand to include limitations on using natural gas to heat buildings.

Marius Holm, head of ZERO, a foundation that promotes emissions cuts, shared his enthusiasm about the ban in a statement, saying, “This is a very important climate measure that significantly cuts emissions, sending a powerful signal that we are moving from fossil to renewable energy.”

The Scandinavian Climate Change Charge

The ban marks a radical change in policy for Norway. Despite ratifying the Paris Agreement, the nation showed a 3.3 percent increase in emissions last year compared to 1990, and it was the 15th largest oil exporter worldwide based on 2016 statistics. This new policy could potentially decrease the country’s emissions by 340,000 tons per year.

Perhaps more importantly, Norway’s ban could set a precedent that encourages other countries to decrease their own emissions by targeting the building sector, which accounts for 39 percent of CO2 emissions in the United States. This could make a huge difference in our climate situation when combined with pledges to limit the energy consumption of the transport sector.

Several Scandinavian countries have made exemplary moves toward limiting the pollution that causes climate change. Recently, Sweden announced a bold plan to become carbon neutral by 2045, while Norway announced that it aims to ban gas-powered cars by 2025, a move that was endorsed by Elon Musk.

Successfully fighting climate change and avoiding the destruction of our planet will require a global effort. The Paris Agreement has provided the targeted goal, and despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the country’s support, progress has been made, with some countries already on track to exceed their own predictions.

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Norway Says All Cars in the Country Will Be 100% Electric

100 Percent Electric

By 2025, all of the cars on Norway’s roads could be electric. That’s just eight years away—and if the target seems a little ambitious, it should be noted that the country is already well on its way toward this goal. Electric vehicle (EV) sales already comprise 37 percent of Norway’s car market.

Norway has been incentivizing the use of zero emission vehicles since the 1990s. These include exempting EVs from value added taxes (VAT), thus making conventional automobiles significantly more expensive in the country, low annual road tax, and no purchase and import taxes. EVs also park for free in city centers, get access to bus lanes, and don’t have to pay road tolls.

According to Elbil:

The overall signal from the majority of political parties is that it should always be economically beneficial to choose zero and low emission cars over high emission cars […] The Norwegian Parliament have decided on a goal that all new cars sold by 2025 should be zero (electric or hydrogen) or low (plug-in hybrids) emission. This is a very ambitious but feasible goal with the right policy measures. The Parliament will reach this goal with a strengthened green tax system based on the polluter pays principle, not a ban.

Towards the end of 2016, the country already had 100,000 zero-emission cars on the road. According to projections, this figure will quadruple by the end of the decade. Considering the country only has a population of 5.2 million, this number is already a significant chunk of the country.

Zero-Emission Future

Around the world, similar efforts are paving the way for a zero-emission future. While not as bullish as Norway, other countries are working toward creating similar policies and infrastructure that will support EVs.

Sales for EVs have also reached a milestone in the Netherlands, with traditional petrol brands announcing plans to build infrastructure that will support the charging needs of the growing EV market. This is in addition to the Dutch Parliament considering calling a ban on gas and diesel vehicles, in line with the International Zero-Emission vehicle (ZEV) Alliance, which is a commitment to make all car sales sustainable and eco-friendly by 2050. Joining them in this initiative are ten other North American states, the UK, and Germany, which recently passed a resolution that calls for a ban on internal combustion engines by 2030.

“If the Paris agreement to curb climate-warming emissions is to be taken seriously, no new combustion engine cars should be allowed on roads after 2030,” said Greens party lawmaker Oliver Krischer to Der Spiegel. Coupled with car manufacturers’ efforts to bring the cost of EVs down, which would ultimately make them accessible to more people, a zero-free emission future might actually be possible, not just for Norway, but for the world.

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