All of IKEA’s retail locations in Norway will soon be home to electric vehicle fast-charging stations, according to recent reports.
At the recent official opening of a fast-charging station at IKEA’s location in Slependen — attended by the country’s climate and environment minister Vidar Helgesen, as well as the head of Norway’s electric vehicle (EV) association, Christina Bu — it was noted that the company has already installed a fast-charging station at IKEA Ringsaker, and that fast-charging stations would be opened at IKEA locations in Bergen, Trondheim, and Kristiansand in 2017.
The Climate and Environment Minister of Norway, Vidar Helgesen, commented (this is from a clumsy online translation program, altered a bit): “I’m impressed by IKEA, not only because they open charging stations, but because this work is part of more general sustainability thinking. I hope more companies are going after, and thus facilitate it (so that in) 2025 (it’s) only zero-emission cars sold in Norway.”
Helgesen also noted that he would like it if IKEA worked more on reducing emissions related to heavy transport and vans.
The new fast-charging station at the Slependen IKEA is composed of 4 quick chargers and 4 flex chargers — operated by Fortum Charge & Drive. Payment can be made using either the EV Society charging chip or through SMS and Fortum.
The manager of Fortum Charge & Drive, Jan Haugen Ihle, commented as well: “We are proud to expand IKEA charging stations at all its stores. Now it has become even a little easier for people to choose electric cars.” (Again, this quote and following quotes were translated from the original Norwegian.)
The General Secretary of the country’s EV Association Christina Bu added: “It’s great that IKEA contributes to the development of a road transport emissions. Several industry should open their eyes to electric vehicle development and providing charging for their customers.”
“We are now approaching 100,000 EVs and the development of charging stations laggards. It must be as easy to fill current gasoline,” Bu continued. “Today we have about 650 fast chargers in Norway. EV Association considers it the start to stay ahead of development should be a quick charger per 100 EVs. That means we need 350 more Speedloaders just to catch up.”
And to conclude: “If we are to be close to phase out petrol and diesel car sales up to 2025, currently being discussed politically, we probably have at least 300,000 electric cars in Norway in 2020. This means that there must be built at least 500 new quick chargers each year ahead.”
Sensible comments. Lagging electric vehicle fast-charging infrastructure development is a problem in most parts of the world currently. Which seems to show that Tesla really had the right idea when it began developing its own network a few years back. Were it not for the company doing so, there would no doubt be a great many people claiming right now that it wouldn’t make sense economically to do so. Or perhaps even saying that it couldn’t be done at all.
As you probably know, Norway leads the world by far in per capita electric car sales. Approximately 25–30% of new car sales are electric car sales these days in the Scandinavian country.
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