According to The Iceland Review and an announcement from the Government of Iceland’s website, a grant of over ISK 30 million will help support the shift to electric cars and other electric vehicles in Iceland by increasing charging infrastructure. In fact, the new capacity will be for the charging of 110 electric vehicles at any given time. The project is part of the government’s action plan on climate change and infrastructure development.
This news lends itself to differences in leadership across the pond from the US compared to the current US administration.
Iceland has shown leadership on the present problems of our planet’s adaptability and environmental safety. Even back in 2017, CleanTechnica published some exclusive explanations from Iceland President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson regarding the country’s cleantech leadership.
President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson related that there are people who are game-changers, people who take action, people who do things, innovators. The President of Iceland spoke of the transformation that needs to take place in every community and every country in the world. President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson reflected on the countries and people that are doing things, that we must consider, President Grímsson incites us to understand completely that, “Without such actions, our children and grandchildren will not be able to enjoy the world, our planet, as we have.”
This week, the Government of Iceland’s website continues (the following English text via Google translate), “Three government ministers this summer announced a targeted development of infrastructure for the exchange of energy in transport. On the same day, it advertised for investment grants to build recharging facilities for electric cars at accommodations [hotels and such]. The Energy Fund was entrusted with the allocation of the grants. A total of 26 grants will be awarded to install 112 charging points across the country. The total amount of the grants amounts to over ISK 30 million. At least half of the applicant’s counterpart contribution is expected and the total investment of the projects is therefore at least ISK 60 million.”
With this added infrastructure, Iceland will support individuals as well as fleets and electric car rentals. It is important to support rental car fleets of electric vehicles to maximize electrification of ground transport. Rental cars constitute almost half of all registered cars in Iceland. Thus, the grants intend to increase even more potential for charging at accommodations for car rentals in Iceland.
Investment grants are also coming for fast-charging stations.
CleanTechnica loves to report on Northern and Western Europe EV leadership, and truly wishes for a presidential leadership in the US like Iceland benefits from. “Iceland is now ranked second in the world after Norway in terms of the proportion of electric cars in the number of new cars,” Iceland’s website continues.
Even if you have listened to this interview before, take a moment one more time to reflect on genuine leadership, educated leadership, and wise leadership:
Zach says of the video, “Ólafur Grímsson, the 5th President of the Republic of Iceland, is talking about the historic cleantech shift we’re in the midst of and explaining the significance of the finalists and the prize in that shift. This comes from his presentation to the finalists of the 2017 ZFEP. Check it out.”
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