ECOHZ vision is to change energy behaviour. Supporting the eMobility movement is one way ECOHZ attempts to fulfill this vision. For the past five years ECOHZ has actively worked with electric vehicle (EV) communities around Europe; including suppliers of charging equipment, infrastructure developers and car manufacturers, as well as key power producers. ECOHZ has also been a pioneer in its support of local and European EV associations, and has worked actively to promote renewable electricity as the fuel of choice.
eMobility based on renewable electricity
In cooperation with the Norwegian EV Association ECOHZ has for years made sure that all EVs in Norway consume only renewable electricity. This cooperation agreement has now been extended and ECOHZ guarantees zero emissions from all EVs driven by the members of the Norwegian EV Association throughout 2015. The 100% renewable guarantee follows the car, independent of the chargers. This can be achieved by providing Guarantees of Origin for the annual electricity need of these EVs. Based on an average annual driving distance of 15.000 km for an EV, charging the EVs batteries will need approximately 2.200 kWh of power per year.
Facts about EVs in Norway
Norway has the highest number of electric cars per capita in the world. In December 2014, Norway reached 41.000 electric cars in a country of 5 million inhabitants, up from 20.000 at the beginning of the year. In Norway, about 13 % of all new cars sold in 2014 are electric. Norway was the first country in the world to have electric cars topping the new car sales monthly ranking. From September 2013 to March 2014, five times an electric car was ranked as the top selling new car in the country; three times the Tesla Model S and twice the Nissan Leaf.
Norway’s “incentive” package for electric vehicles:
- No VAT on electric vehicle
- Reduced road taxes
- Access to bus & taxi lanes on highways
- Free parking in public parking areas
- Free charging on designated EV parking areas
- Free access to publicly owned ferries
- Reduced fringe benefit tax (when company car)