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.
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.
Places you’ll have to pay for passing through toll points:
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).
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 its 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.
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 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)
To access some of the few remaining older charging points (Just a regular household socket), you will need a key. The key can be bought at for example Låshuset in Dronningens gate 25 in the centre of Oslo. These type of charging points are free to use.
Like in most other countries, the fast chargers in Norway are provided by several 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 owns the vast majority of the fast charging points in Norway.
Both Fortum Charge & Drive and Grønn Kontakt have an app where you can register a digital account connected to your credit card and charge directly through the app. You can also use their RFID-card.
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 charging stations in Norway can easily be found using this handy map:
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.
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