How to make the purchase of charging stations easier

Climate Østfold repeats its success from 2014 – Prepares new joint framework agreement for charging stations in the Viken region.

A recent report from NAF (The Norwegian Automobile Association) shows that a large number of new charging stations for electric cars are required nationwide over the next six to seven years. Climate Østfold are now doing its part in assuring that the new county, Viken, not will fall behind in the development. Therefore, all municipalities in Viken are now invited to a new joint framework agreement on the purchase of charging stations in Viken.

The municipalities in the upcoming county are invited to participate early in the process. In February, Climate Østfold, the county administrations of Østfold, Buskerud and Akershus county, and the Interreg project Fossilfri2030 held a dialogue conference with private actors about the charging infrastructure in the new county. More than 35 participants from county councils, municipalities and suppliers shared their valuable input and experiences.

Cecilie Agnalt, Deputy Chairman of Climate Østfold, explains why such cooperation is important early in the process.

Over the past three years, Østfold, Follo and Fyrbodal have established 1000 new charging points, and we have had a formidable growth of electric cars. This must continue because it is important to find common solutions and collaborate to reach a fossil-free society. Therefore, we believe in meeting each other and having a sharing culture that makes us learn from one another, says Agnalt.

Climate Østfold has carried out a similar project earlier for the municipalities and county council of Østfold and Follo. The project received the 2014 Zero Award in the competition “The local climate measures of the year”.

Climate Østfold has worked for a long time to promote and facilitate fossil-free transport. As a part of the Interreg project Fossilfri2030, the municipalities in Østfold have collaborated with municipalities in Follo and the Swedish region Fyrbodal. The project has resulted in alarge number of new charging stations, fueling stations for biogas, increased use of bicycles, and facilitation of fossil-free transport in the project area.

Statistics from the Electric Car Association show that there is an increase in the number of electric cars on the roads in the counties. By the end of 2018, a total of 57,411 electric cars had been registered in Østfold, Akershus and Buskerud. The number increases every month. Of those who bought a new car in 2018, 31.2% (nationwide) chose an electric car. Christina Bu, Secretary General of the Norwegian Electric Car Association, is clear that new charging stations are needed to meet the enormous growth.

–  With the growth we have today, we will then have one million electric cars (about 50% of today’s car fleet). This development requires a large-scale development of charging stations, Bu has previously said to NTB.

Seven recommendations from NAF to avoid charging crisis:

  1. 5,000 new speed charging stations between the cities before 2025
  2. Make it easier for housing cooperatives to say yes to charging and charging stations
  3. Government support scheme for builders that will build charging stations
  4. Requirements for charging stations in new buildings
  5. VAT exemption on home chargers
  6. Better roadmaps and signage of and to charging stations
  7. Operating support for fast chargers in sparsely populated areas

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Klima Østfold EV-charger

EV-charger from Fortum located in Østfold county

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