Electric bikes and cars are getting increasingly popular in Norway, electric cruise ferries are launched, and still other means of e-transport enable you to literally electrify most of your trip to make it quiet, smooth and, why not, social media-friendly.
“I’m proud to have been able to contribute to the development and building process”, captain Nauckhoff tells, and continues: “Many passengers tell me this is the trip of their life.”
Both ships have been locally constructed at the Brødrene Aa’s shipyard in the fjord town of Hyen, located in one of the Nordfjord’s sidearms. The company’s patented building techniques are exported to China and other countries.
The Future of the Fjords might be a brand-new prestige project, but that doesn’t mean that other novel or established electric transportation alternatives shine all over the country.
More and more hotels and other places that welcomes eco-attentive travellers have bikes or e-bikes for rent, ready to take you out to explore charming summer streets or nearby nature.
“Many passengers tell me this is the trip of their life.”
Hotel Aak in Åndalsnes, a tiny city that calls itself “the mountaineering capital”, is one of several places in Norway that offers e-bikes for rent, with guided tours in surrounding, scenic landscapes. The electric engine will do most of the job when you pedal towards sites like the Rauma river, the Trollstigen winding mountain road, and the Trollveggen vertical rock face.
The capital of Oslo has well-developed tram and tube systems criss-crossing the city and even climbing the surrounding hills for those who want to go skiing or hiking. In addition, new stretches of cycling lanes are being opened in a speed never seen before.
The tube in Oslo welcomes bikes on board for free, except in the rush hours, as long as you have that valid ticket for yourself in your pocket, of course.
All in all, these are just some examples of a fast-forward-moving electrification of an entire country, and local tour offices will be happy to point out even more useful e-fun.
“My motto is to work with beautiful things that I care about, and this ship is undoubtedly that kind of project,” states captain John Nauckhoff of the Future of the Fjords.
“The view of the fjord landscape from the electric ferry stays mighty regardless of the season or the weather. Remember, you won’t see a rainbow on a sunny day.”
The experience will always be, well, electric.
Sales of electric bikes in Norway has exploded and is now one of Europe’s biggest markets in relation to the population. It is expected to increase even more.
One out of three new cars sold are electrically driven, and thousands of Norwegians are on waiting lists for new electric cars. The map of charging stations is said to be amongst the most complete in the world.
Public transport enjoys a new popularity according to Statistics Norway, who report 46 million more tramway and tube travels, 55 million more bus travels, and 16 million more railway travels, all increases from 2010 to 2016. In the same period travels by car are stabilised.
Several electric or hybrid ferries and smaller cruise vessels are in the pipeline.
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