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.
Like in many other countries, the fast chargers in Norway are provided by several private companies, and each charging company requires its own RFID card or app to activate the chargers.
Fast charging operators in Norway
The list below shows the biggest charging operators in Norway. At Recharge, Ionity and Kople stations you can get ad hoc access by scanning a QR code and pay directly with credit card on your smart phone. Or get access through roaming services. The other operators only support access by downloading their app and register as a customer.
All charging stations in Norway can easily be found using this handy map.
Public destination charging
Most of the public charging points activate, rather handily, with an RFID card.
If you’re planning to visit Oslo, we recommend getting an RFID card or download the app from the charging operator Fortum Charge & Drive. They operate the billing system for The City of Oslo, and using their Rfid simplifies the charging process significally. You can pay by using The City of Oslo’s own app «Bil I Oslo» (car in Oslo).
Toll roads (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 at either a rebated price or completely free of charge.
AutoPass (owned by the Statens vegvesen) is the system used for collecting tolls throughout Norway. To drive through Norway’s toll roads, you will need an AutoPass tag.
All toll roads in Norway are automated, which means that you won’t have to stop to pay for crossings. You will, however, need to apply for an AutoPass tag from a Norwegian authorised toll operator, regardless if you are travelling in an area where you must pay or not.
To make this process easier you can pay your road toll charges automatically by registering for an Epass24 account.Epass24 has been appointed by several road toll operators throughout Europe to notify vehicle owners about unpaid road user 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).
It is up to the municipalities to decide if they want to charge EV owners for parking, or not. It is therefore essential to pay attention to any additional information on parking signs due to info regarding payments and time restrictions.
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.
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.
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.