There are approximately 4,000 electric vehicles on the streets of Norway and the Norwegian government is planning to increase their number to 200,000 in the next nine years. In Iceland, however, there are only 11 electric cars in traffic.
Photo by Páll Kjartansson.
Gísli Gíslason, chairman of Northern Lights Energy, is working on electrifying the Icelandic car fleet and believes the government doesn’t support the development sufficiently, Morgunbladid reports.
There are no tolls or tariffs on electric cars in Iceland but many neighboring countries have taken further steps to encourage the use of such vehicles, Gíslason commented, adding that he hardly finds it feasible to sell electric cars in Iceland under the current circumstances.
One year ago, the Ministry of Industry launched a project in collaboration with his company called Graena orkan, to increase the presence of environmentally-friendly local energy resources in transport, but Gíslason said little has happened since then.
However, the ministry states that Graena orkan will be prioritized the coming winter.
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