KRISTIANSAND: – We do not want people to buy new fossil cars, because they will quickly remain in traffic for 20 years. Therefore, good charging conditions are absolutely essential when people buy a new car, says Minister of Climate and Environment Sveinung Rotevatn.
He has stopped by the fast charging station at the railway station in Kristiansand to promise better charging conditions for southerners.
Electric cars make up 65 per cent of new car sales in Norway. Kristiansand is a good distance behind with a little over 50 percent, and that worries both Rotevatn and his party colleagues.
– As an electric car driver, I also notice it here in the area, says the first candidate in Agder Venstre, Ingvild Thorsvik, who is with the minister on the visit to the south.
– In line with the rest of the country, we will reach the zero emission target set by 2025, and then people should have good opportunities to switch to electric cars, she says.
Lack of charging options
In a report from NAF this summer, it appears that it is greatest shortage of fast chargers on the E18 section between Kristiansand and Oslo.
In Agder, there are a total of 276 fast and lightning chargers. 35 percent of these are Tesla chargers.
There are a total of 20,500 electric cars in the county, according to the Norwegian Electric Car Association.
– A challenge for Sørlandet is that for several months of the year it is the “o ‘major holiday destination” in Norway, says Secretary General of the Norwegian Electric Car Association, Christina Bu.
– Last year, a survey showed that, for example, Brokelandsheia was in second place above the charging stations where there was the most queue. Now I know that it has been fixed, but it is a problem in several places, she adds.
This year’s survey is being sent out these days.
Bu believes the government has been too lax in directing the infrastructure around charging stations.
She is tired of the government constantly referring to the state-owned enterprise Enova, which is financed through funds from the Energy Fund. They are behind several developments of charging stations in northern Norway recently.
– It is not enough to just point to Enova. We must be able to plan society comprehensively, so that there is no charging chaos from our own electric car success.