With country after country stamping down their electric car plans, we thought it was time to take a look at which cities are at the forefront of this electric revolution...
Norway’s capital, like most of the Scandinavian country’s cities and towns, boasts bus-lane access for electric vehicles (EVs), recharging stations aplenty, privileged parking, and toll-free travel for electric cars. The initiative began in the 1990s as an effort to cut pollution, congestion, and noise in urban centres; now its primary rationale is combating climate change.
Today, Norway has the highest per capita number of all-electric [battery only] cars in the world: more than 100,000 in a country of 5.2 million people. Last year, EVs constituted nearly 40% of the nation’s newly registered passenger cars.
Norway is todays first mass market for EVs in the world. And with Oslo being the main city behind these exciting figures it has been given the title of 'The Current Electric Vehicle Capital of the World'.
The City Region of Amsterdam, like virtually every other region in the Netherlands, aims to have fully switched over to zero-emission buses by 2025.
Amsterdam has a long and solid track record of promoting the use of electric vehicles in the city, putting an effective charging infrastructure in place and promoting in general the transition to electro mobility. The end of 2016 saw 2,081 charging points installed in the city and their target for 2018 is 4,000. And the tally for electric vehicles in the Netherlands stood at 115,223.
In 2016, the Municipality of Amsterdam decided that, as of 2021, it will only allow emission-free taxis to use the taxi rank at Amsterdam Central Station. From 2018, all buses going to and from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol as part of the new concession will be fully electric.
San Francisco, USA
San Francisco, California, home of Silicon Valley, plays a leading role in the deployment strategy of the charging infrastructure in North America. To give you an idea of its importance, in 2015, California alone counted for half of the 330,000 electric vehicles registered in the USA. Since then, the State wants to add a charging infrastructure suited for 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles by 2025.
San Francisco is home for many famous companies, such as Facebook, Twitter, Airbnb and Fitbit. Employees have access to 547 level 2 charging stations, 56 level 3 charging stations (DCFC), as well as 81 free charging stations, all within 10 miles.
Last year, it required new buildings to have solar panels installed on the roof and this year, it will try to accommodate electric vehicles by using a similar approach. San Francisco has one of the highest concentration of electric vehicles in the world. They want to make sure people have a charger at home more easily, which is why Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Supervisor Katy Tang introduced new legislation to require that all new buildings are ‘100% electric vehicle ready’.