Reykjavík to Reduce Gas Stations by Half by 2025

Reykjavík is set to dramatically reduce the number of gas stations in the city by 2030, Vísir reports. Currently, there are 75 gas stations in the capital area, but Reykjavík City Council has approved plans to reduce these to around 37 in the next six years as part of its environmental initiatives.

Mayor Dagur B. Eggertson announced the plan on his Facebook page this week, saying that the gas stations will be replaced with apartment buildings, shops, and other services. Originally, the city had intended to meet this goal by 2030, but Dagur noted that the City Council liked the initiative so much that everyone agreed to comply with a tighter deadline.

Reykjavík’s climate plan foresees gas stations largely disappearing from the city by 2040 and that vehicular traffic and public transportation will also be greenhouse emission-free by the same time. Current projections are that private cars will account for 58% of transportation by 2030, while public transportation will account for 12% and cycling 30%.

Electric Buses Exceed Expectations in Reykjavík

Fourteen electric buses in Reykjavík’s public transportation system have exceeded expectations, according to the Strætó’s CEO. He told RÚV the company plans to grow their electric fleet in the near future.

Strætó bought 14 electric buses from China recently, the first of which were put to use in April. “This has really gone incredibly well, and nothing unexpected has come up, so we are just really pleased with our experience of these vehicles,” Jóhannes Svavar Rúnarsson, Strætó’s CEO, told RÚV. Jóhannes says the buses have been driven between 10-12,000km over the past four months.

The CEO adds that five additional electric buses arrived in the country for the company last Friday. “We are hoping to get them from the importer next week and see them on the street sometime in the beginning of August. Then the rest will hopefully arrive at the end of this year and then that will be a pretty good proportion of the bus fleet,” he remarked.