One Day, All Car Parks Will Be Electric

One Day, All Car Parks Will Be Electric

Electric cars can choose from 100 charging points

Electric Car drivers in Norway (and there are LOADS of them!) have often found it difficult to find charging points in Oslo. Now, one multi-storey has become the largest multi-charging facility in Norway and possibly the world.  The car park owners, realising their car park was pretty much empty at night, installed 100 slow chargers with free overnight parking and charging, and two Rapid (50kW) chargers for those in a hurry.  That’s a total of 800kW worth of charging; and even better, to help smooth out demand there is a 50kW battery pack and the system is geared to enable future car to grid transfer (it’s all explained in this 11 minute video below). One day, who knows? We might even have something like this in UK.  With PV panels on the roof, too…

Norway is on track to phase out sales of ALL internal combustion engines by 2025 – already half of all car sales are electric or Hybrids.  Of course, there are only five million people living in Norway, so it’s not quite as big an issue for them as we seem to think it is in the UK.  Nevertheless, they are getting on and doing it, whereas almost every public body in England and Wales is full of high flown phrases and very little action.  And as long as there aren’t the charging places, there will not be many electric cars; and we shall lose out on all that quiet, pollution-free driving and clean air cities. Of course, after Brexit we can probably do a deal with Norway…