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How is the Icelandic government promoting electric vehicles?

 In Ask IR, Magazine, Nature & Travel

Q: With Iceland’s plentiful and free renewable energy, does the Icelandic government promote electric vehicles?

A: 

The Icelandic government has put forward a plan to replace fossil fuels with electricity in the next decades. Among the government’s goals is a total ban on new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030. The government aims to have 30,000 electric cars in Iceland by 2026. To make this transition go smoothly, charging ports have been put up all along the ring road, Iceland’s main highway. It’s therefore already possible to travel all around the country by electric car. The government also aims to make electrical charging for ships and vessels available at the ports of Faxaflóahafnir, encompassing harbours in the capital area and West Iceland.

The City of Reykjavík has drawn up climate goals as well, including complete carbon neutrality by 2040. Among the goals are a 50% reduction of fossilized fuel pumps by 2025, and to eradicate them entirely by 2030. To actively promote the use of electric cars, the city is planning to increase the availability of charging stations at people’s homes, in parking garages, and several locations in the city in the coming years. However, in order to reach carbon neutrality, the focus does not lie on the promotion of electric vehicles alone, as the city also plans to increase the percentage of people commuting by bicycle or on foot and the use of public transport by installing a bus rapid transit system. 

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