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Two electric cars on the road in Geiranger.
Photo: Ståle Frydenlund / elbil.no
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With a capacity for more than 40 cars, the new charging station at Rygge will be among the worlds biggest. Projects like this will make it easier to travel long distance for electric car owners, says Teslas head of Communications.

Published: 2 November 2017

Norways fascination for the electric powered car is a well known phenomenon.  In urban centres, charging stations are easy to come by, but concerning long distance travel – both for cottage-bound Norwegians or foreign travellers on a cross country road trip – finding one can be a palpable challenge. 

To make fully electric models a viable option as a main-car year round, charging stations will have to be placed every 30 miles along Norwegian roads, says The Union for Electric Car Owners. 

Norways second largest charging-operator, Green Contact, reported earlier this years that they'll “carpet” the country with an additional 100 stations before the end of 2017.  

This time it’s Tesla pulling all the stops.

Double capacity

It was NRK who first reported on the new station along the E6 highway, close to Moss Airport Rygge. Tesla has so far been reticent with information concerning the station, who according to the public broadcaster will be completed within years end. 

“We’re investing in building new charging networks, so long distance travel will be easier with our models, and are looking forward to open this new station”, said head of communications for Tesla Norway, Even Sandvold Roland, to NRK.

Photo: Ståle Frydenlund / elbil.no

The new station will have capacity for 42 Tesla-models, while other brand-owners is directed to a nearby gas station for charging.

This is more than double the size of the company’s current largest station at Nebbenes. 

At the heart of the electric revolution

Why one of the worlds largest charging stations is buing build in our small country is no mystery. Norway has been spearheading the electric revolution on the continent since it’s beginning.

Of the total number of electrical cars sold in Europe, 35 percent ends up on Norwegian roads, and since the electricity powering them is soured almost exclusively from hydro-power, it’s also considered the worlds cleanest.

In December 2016 there where a total of 101 000 all-electric cars in Norway, along side 34 000 hybrids: the fourth largest number of any country in the world. 

“There’s a huge interest in Norway for knowledge on electric cars, and ever more people are choosing it as their main vehicle. With that in mind – it’s important we have sufficient infrastructure to make electric powered long distance travel viable”, says Even Sandvold Roland for Tesla Norway.

Adding stations to popular destinations

But even though sales have exploded in recent years, electric cars does not come close to gas powered vehicles when it comes to long-distance driving. But much has happened – and is about to happen. 

The travel industry is also seeing the value of additional charging stations. Last year, for instance, several new charging points where built through Setesdalen, making use of electrical cars to cabins and ski resorts a viable option for both locals and tourists.

There are a total of 7334 charging points sprad across 1830 charging stations in Norway, and according to Even Sandvold Roland - there’s more to come. 

“We’re building charging stations along important routes and destinations, so long trips will be more approachable.”


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