Norway is a great destination if you are planning to bring your electric vehicle (EV) with you. Here are a few tips and tricks you should know before setting off on your Norwegian EV adventure.
Electric cars are exempt from road tolls, they are allowed free public parking, free public charging, reduced highway ferry rates and are allowed to drive in most bus lanes.
This guide has been written in order to help you to take advantage of using your electric car in Norway and will help you on your way in your Norwegian EV adventure!
Road Tolls (AutoPASS)
Toll roads in Norway are quite numerous and the cost of travelling through them can add up. All electric cars in Norway, including those with foreign registration plates can drive through the many toll roads free of charge.
The saving made can be substantial. In order to take advantage of this, you will need to apply for an AutoPASS tag from a Norwegian authorised toll operator. The AutoPASS tag also allows you to drive in the city of Bergen without paying the congestion charges.
Deposit for AutoPASS tag: NOK 200. You can return the AutoPASS tag at the end of your trip and get the deposit back (administration fee).
Free public parking
Most of the public car parks and street parking in Norway is free for electric vehicles. All free parking spaces are labelled with a P-sign, with a white P and blue background (pictured).
It is however important to pay particular attention to any additional information on parking signs due to time restrictions as these restrictions are also applicable to EVs. If you park on a time restricted parking space either some sort of parking clock or a post-it note stating the time you left the car, date and signature must be provided.
It is important not to confuse public parking with private parking, because you may risk getting a fine. Most, if not all, private parking spaces/car parks require payment and a parking ticket placed in the window. If you are unsure take a look at the parking meter. Private parking is usually connected to shopping centres etc.
Free public charging
To access some of the free public charging points you will need a key. The key can be bought at for example Låshuset in Dronningens gate 25 in the centre of Oslo. While on the newer charging points, rather handily, you can activate the charger by sending a text message or by using an RFID card. Please note: Some newer charging points either have a combination of both household and Type 2 socket (picture) – or just Type 2.
Each charging point, usually delivering a maximum output of 3,6 kW (16A, single phase), has its own name. The name of the charger is what you will need to provide in the text message.
The number is supplied on the charger, just remember to type +47 if you are texting from a foreign telephone number.
Like in most other countries, the fast chargers in Norway are provided by a number of private companies and each charging company requires its own RFID card/chip or app to activate the chargers.
Two companies called Fortum Charge & Drive and Grønn Kontakt own the vast majority of the fast charging points in Norway.
Grønn Kontakt will be able to provide you with an RFID chip for approximately 50 NOK.
Fortum Charge & Drive have a webapp where you can register a digital account connected to your creditcard and charge directly through the application.
(All links added beneath are written in Norwegian. Use Google translate or contact the different charging companies via telephone or email)
Telephone: +47 21 49 69 10
Telephone: +47 47 67 08 00
Other fast charging companies in Norway
Telephone: +47 51 90 80 90
Telephone: +47 05123
Telephone: + 47 975 49 200
All charging stations in Norway can easily be found using these handy maps:
Hurtigladekartet (fast charging map)
Ladestasjoner.no (charging stations)
Car ferries are very prevalent in western and northern Norway, sometimes being the only means of travel from point A to point B.
A car ferry is also a good way of providing access across Norway’s vast expanses of water without having to inconveniently circumnavigate a route around them, adding precious time to a journey that could be better used sightseeing.
There can be some differences in price depending if you are travelling by a “riksvei” ferry or a “fylkesvei” ferry.
The “riksvei” ferries won´t charge you for your electric car but you will still have to pay for each passenger in the car including the driver.
Some of the “fylkesvei” ferries are free while others charge full price. Both car and driver are included when you purchase a ticket. Whether you have to pay on the “fylkesvei” ferries or not varies from county to county.
You can drive a fully electric car in most of the bus/taxi lanes. There are however some roads where EVs are not allowed and some roads where carpooling is required. For example:
E18 Mosseveien (Oslo)
Carpooling (at least one passenger) is required between 07.00-09.00 and 14.00-18.00 (both inbound and outbound).
Carpooling (at least one passenger) is required between 07.00 and 09.00 and 14.00-18.00 (both inbound and outbound).
E6/Ring 3 (south inbound, Oslo)
EVs not allowed in the bus lanes.
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