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Norway is starting to have electric cars than it can

When Hilde Charlotte reached the University of Oslo Friday, the first thing she did was to a mass email to the Department of

I arrived at work now and all the spaces for cars are taken. If you think car is charged, I would appreciate if you park somewhere else. I get home if I can’t charge my I am standing downstairs and waiting and that someone will

Blomberg drives a Citroen Hers is one of 15,000 electric on the roads of Norway. That’s up around 10,000 last and just 6,000 in 2011.

Yet the things that made it so to buy an electric car are now under pressure. Two in particular have become of their own success: the ability to in bus lanes and free public spots.

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According to Budstikka in Norwegian), a local newspaper for the suburbs outside Oslo the majority of electric cars are electric vehicles now dominate the bus into Oslo. During hour on Dec. 3, they up 75% of the 829 vehicles that drove on the bus After accounting for taxis, and mini-buses, all of which have the to use the lane, buses made up 7.5% of the traffic in the lane.

According to the paper, bus lanes can only about 1,000 per hour because of the many exits and bus stops.

Charging facilities are also The total number of public facilities in Norway is only Oslo, the capital, has a mere says Bjørn Gjestvang, an industry expert at KPMG

Private businesses have own facilities, but those too are filling up Blomberg’s department, for instance, has six spots but on a normal day five of will be occupied.

The (gridlocked) ahead

Things are only to get worse. Car manufacturers have on to the popularity of electric cars in and they’re piling in. Tesla the market this year and has wildly successful. Volkswagen’s went on sale in November and it is coming out with an electric of the perennially popular Golf.

BMW’s i3 will hit the roads year.

Norway is due to reconsider its structure for electric cars in Neither the ministry of the environment nor the of transport and communications responded to for comment, but watchers of electric-car in Norway suggest that the number of electric cars very well lead to sort of rationalization of incentives. am afraid that within one this problem will be so big the government will be forced to the rules,” says Bjart of Statistics Norway.

Meanwhile, electric carsand the that come with become part of the Norwegian Second place on a list of of the year (link in Norwegian) by Norway’s Language Council year was “rekkeviddeangst” or “range The fear that your car battery will run out before you it to a charging station.

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