When Norwegians hit the road this summer during Corona-induced holidays in the homeland, many of them were driving their electric cars. Many of them also found themselves stuck in line lines waiting to recharge their cars’ batteries.
A new survey by the electric car association in Norway, where electric cars are common, found that fully 30 percent experienced “often or always” long waits to recharge. The association, Elbilforening, noted that while the number of electric cars in Norway has surpassed 56,000 during the past year, only 800 rapid charging stations have opened.
“We have to get more charging stations (called ladere in Norwegian) into place,” Christina Bu of Elbilforening told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) on Tuesday. She claimed the government can’t rely strictly on private commercial players to set them up.
Norway’s national automobile federation NAF agrees. “When so many people get stuck in charging queues while out traveling, it confirms that the summer’s stress test of the charging network has a need for more and faster charging stations along Norwegian roads.”