The Reykjavík City Environment and Transport Council agreed yesterday to establish a task force responsible for increasing the presence of electric cars and charging stations in Iceland’s capital.
The traffick in Reykjavík. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
“Reykjavík is in a unique position to become a world-leading city in electrifying cars. We have green and renewable energy which gives us many opportunities,” the council’s chairman, Gísli Marteinn Baldursson, told Morgunbladid.
Both the Independence Party-Progressive Party coalition in Reykjavík City Council and the opposition will have representatives on the task force, as will Reykjavík Energy and the city’s transport director. The task force will also cooperate with the Ministry of Transport, car dealerships and universities.
Baldursson said Reykjavík has the flexibility to establish a complete system for charging electric cars and a few charging stations are already available.
The task force’s project will be to work on ideas and create a schedule aimed towards simplifying the charging of electric vehicles and make them a feasible choice for the average citizen.
“The batteries in these cars are always becoming lighter and less expensive. The development is working with us,” Baldursson concluded.