Solution by: Agency for Urban Environment, City of Oslo
The Capital of Electric Vehicles Oslo, Norway: The City of Oslo has managed to boost the use of electrical vehicles by offering EV drivers a wide range of benefits.
TE C LI M A IT F BENE
By providing an extensive range of benefits for owners of electronic vehicles (EVs), the City of Oslo has increased the number of EVs on the road from 2,000 in 2012 to 6,000 in 2014. To ease the transition to EVs, the City Council has continously invested in public charging infrastructure. Between 2008 and 2011, 400 new charging points were established in the city and Oslo will reach a total of 1,000 charging points in 2015.
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SOCIAL Health benefits are achieved by improving air quality and reducing noise within the city.
THE TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE
ENVIRONMENTAL The use of EVs fueled by hydropower and other renewable energy sources directly tackles CO2 emissions and air pollution.
The program also provides EV owners with free parking in municipal spaces, free pass on toll roads, access to bus lanes, free travel on ferries that are part of the national highway system, and, finally, exemption from the purchasing tax or VAT. Apart from targeting residents, the City of Oslo also expects to acquire 1,000 EVs for the municipal fleet by 2016. WHY A SUSTAINIA100 SOLUTION? Transport accounts for 63% of CO2 emissions in Oslo and is the main source of local air pollution in the city. By incentivizing the purchase and use of EVs, Oslo aims to improve air quality while also greatly contributing to the city’s ambitions of becoming CO2 neutral by 2050.
ECONOMIC Authorities provide subsidies for EVs, but the city expects to see long-term health care-related savings due to lower pollution levels.
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EV owners in Oslo can park and use extensive charging point infrastructure for free.
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