Tromsø Drives Electrical

Stikkord: Areal og transport, Bilbruk, Tromsø

The first two electrical cars in Tromsø Municipality are on the road. During 2009, a total of ten zero-emission cars will be in place.

The first two electrical cars in Tromsø Municipality are on the road. During 2009, a total of ten zero-emission cars will be in place.

Two electrical cars are already running noise and smell free through the streets of Tromsø. But these are only the first of the Municipality’s zero-emission cars. Today, it has around 380 big and small vehicles in use. As more of these are being replaced by electrical cars during 2009, both air and noise conditions in the city will improve.

Greenhouse Gas Reduction

To replace today’s car population with a climate friendly one, is an important means to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Cars are responsible for 60 per cent of emissions in big cities in Norway, with figures rising. Norway’s Minister of the Environment, Erik Solheim, has suggested banning cars with the highest CO2 emissions.

Already, Tromsø Municipality owns a number of hybrid and bio fuel cars. In January 2008, the Municipality’s first «Smart For 2» was put in use. This car lets out 88 grams of CO2 per kilometre, a world-low emission level for a diesel car. In addition the car is built for an environmentally friendly lifetime.

Stud Free and Clean

The two Think City electrical cars in Tromsø run on stud free tires. The share of Tromsø Municipality vehicles with such tires is around 15 per cent. This share will increase, as stud free tires are given priority in the future.

- Having tested the new Think City for several days between Christmas an New Year’s, I’m impressed, admits Ellen Holm, who is in charge of vehicles in Tromsø Municipality. – This is a very trustworthy car with a high crash test score. It has great seating and a good heater, and it can run 150 kilometres in city traffic on winter conditions before it needs charging, Holm says.

In December 2007, the City Council decided to designate 2 million NOK to purchase electrical cars in 2008. Two cars where ordered for delivery in spring 2008, and two more in the fall, but due to certain difficulties the supply was delayed for some time.