Norway is known for its frequent below-freezing weather, rocky terrain and lengthy outstretched lonely roads; the country might not appear to be the best spot to operate an electric vehicle, which has a battery that drains quickly during cold weather. However, the country has been a global leader in electric vehicles.
The amount of range electric cars lose varies depending on the vehicle model and the strength of the cold temperatures. Whenever an EV is left parked outdoors in cold (below 15°C) weather, the battery usage is substantially higher and requires a long time before it resumes regular consumption.
Long trips should be scheduled ahead by drivers; however, this process is simplified by vehicle applications as well as the extensive network of more than 5,600 quick and speedy charging points in Norway.
Norway, which is a significant oil producer, plans to phase out the sales of fuel oil vehicles by 2025, 10 years ahead of the planned prohibition by the European Union. In fact, a remarkable four of every five brand-new vehicles sold in the country in 2022 were electrical.
As per the figures released on Wednesday by ACEA, in contrast, the sales of new electric vehicles in the European Union increased from 9.1% in 2021 to 12.1% in 2022.
Finmark, a region in the north of Norway where temperatures have occasionally drop to 51C, is where electric cars made up 54% of newly registered vehicles last year, demonstrating that the cold is not such a deterrent. In fact, Nordic countries, which frequently experience cold weather, are ranked among the first in the world for electric vehicles. About 33% of Sweden and Iceland’s new automobile sales in 2022 were electric, for example.
According to Norwegian EV Association president Christina Bu, preheating systems are now being added to an increasing number of new electric cars; the systems warm the vehicle before it is charged, therefore accelerating charging and also extending range. She added that the cold is a concern for many people, not just those driving electric vehicles. In fact, fuel-powered engine vehicles occasionally have trouble starting in very cold conditions.
It is evident that the Norwegians are unfazed about the impact temperatures have on EV usage; more than 20% of the vehicles on the roads in Norway today are electric as well as environmentally friendly, with the electricity being used coming almost entirely from hydropower.
With this real-world evidence proving that EVs can operate in the colder regions of the world without any major problems, there is nothing that will stand in the way of models from automakers such as Lordstown Motors Corp. (NASDAQ: RIDE) reaching all corners of the world regardless of the regional climate.
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