The ultimate EV tourist guide to Norway
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 charging, free public parking in some municipalities, 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.
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
All public parking spaces are labelled with a P-sign, with a white P and blue background (pictured).
As of January 2017, it is up to the municipalities to decide if they want to charge EV owners for parking, or not. For instance, Oslo, the capital of Norway has chosen to keep free parking, while Trondheim municipality has decided to charge their citizens. It is therefore essential to pay attention to any additional information on parking signs due to info regarding payments and time restrictions.
Time restrictions are also applicable to EVs. If you park on 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.
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 non-Norwegian 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.
If you are travelling to Western Norway, you are very likely to encounter the charging operator BKK. To get access to their charging points, you’ll need to download the app «Bilkraft».
(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
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 are two types of ferries in Norway: The «riksvei» ferries (state-owned ferries) and the «fylkesvei» ferries (county-owned ferries).
Both riksvei- and fylkesvei ferries operate with a 50 per cent rebate for fully electric vehicles. You must inform the ticket agent that you’re driving an EV to get the rebate.
Note that the county ferries in Hordaland have not implemented this rebate yet.
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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