While at home charging remains the most common way Norwegians charge their EV, destination charging is becoming more common (for example at work, airports and shopping centres). While the network of charging stations has all but eliminated range anxiety, charging anxiety remains an issue.
Such a rapid switch to EVs has not come without problems, including a proliferation of different charging apps, a need for multiple registrations to different platforms, and at peak times, queues for popular charging stations.
There are innovations in the types of charging options including:
- inductive charging – cord free plates installed in the road used mostly by buses and taxis who park on top of the plate to charge
- V2X – where your car battery can be used to charge another item (e.g. if you’re camping perhaps, or want to send energy back to the grid)
- Battery as a service – which separates ownership of the EV and the battery and means you can swap out your battery instead of charging it, using special drive in – drive out stations.