[NEWS] Are e-cars becoming the primary car in Norway?
According to a study conducted by The institute of Transport Economics, the electric car has replaced diesel and petrol cars on longer recreational trips for those who own long-range e-cars with plenty of luggage space.
In a new report, researchers have been examining the driving patterns of e-car drivers in Innlandet county, the second largest county in Norway, with regards to fast charging, long-distance driving and driving to cabins and vacation homes. Battery capacity and how long trips people take are closely connected. In the TØI-study, more than 4 out of 10 had used an e-car on trips 300 kilometers or longer. Almost 6 out of 10 use their e-car for trips to the cabin often or always.
This illustrate the fact that the electric car no longer is used only for short trips for daily chores in peoples` everyday life, but has become the primary all-purpose car, says TØI-research political scientist Inga Margrete Ydersbond.
Electric car models with longer range are driven longer and used more. The e-cars with over 400 kilometer range are used for more or less 'all' purposes, including on long trips during holidays and to the cabin. With the introduction of more e-car models with long range and good luggage space, electric car is expected to be the primary car in all aspects of life for an increased number of people.
This is especially true as the new models reach the second-hand market, where many go to buy a car. However, this will depend on the fact that the cost of purchasing an e-car continues to be low by extending the e-car benefits for a few more years, Ydersbond explains.