Why electric cars?Why electric cars?

Why electric cars?

Electric vehicles don’t burn fossil fuels and therefore don’t release any CO2 into the atmosphere. They are also cheaper to run and smooth to drive.

Experiences of electric vehicles

Some electric vehicle owners share their experiences on what it is like to own and use an electric vehicle (EV):

What does it cost to run an electric vehicle?

Based on the annual use of a Toyota Yaris, which is a popular gasoline-fuelled car, and a Nissan Leaf electric vehicle, the difference in running costs is 3 kr./km a year for the Leaf and 11 kr./km. for the Yaris. (See more detailed calculation at Iceland’s Energy Agency – Orkusetur). ON Power’s calculator can show you the electricity consumption of the three most common electric vehicles in Iceland on an annualised basis in relation to driving.

Does it matter where I live?

In almost all cases it doesn’t matter where the owner of the electric vehicle lives in the country. Every household in Iceland is connected to sufficient electricity to charge electric vehicles and much more. One has to take into account the type of connector and other technical factors. Find out about EV charging solutions.

I have no facility at home, where can I charge my vehicle?

ON Power has already installed charging points in many parts of Iceland, and hope to install more over the coming quarters. It is often possible to reach an 80% charge in 20-40 minutes at a rapid charging point. Many workplaces have already installed charging points for electric vehicles. In large parking lots, e.g. in Höfðatorg and Smáratorg, special parking spaces have been created with charging options. In small workplaces, in consultation with their managements, electric vehicles can be connected in a similar manner to home, where circumstances permit.

How many electric vehicles are there in Iceland?

When ON Power’s EV charging points were launched in 2014, there were only 94 electric vehicles and 3 plug-in hybrid cars registered in Iceland. We are now in a different era and below you can see the current number of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids.

What is the difference between electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids?

An electric vehicle is a vehicle that is solely run on electricity that is stored in the battery on board. A plug-in hybrid, on the other hand, is run both on an electric motor and a petrol or diesel engine.

What type of electric vehicles are on offer and what are the connectors?

The charging options for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles vary according to manufacturers and models. Below is a list of the main manufacturers:

Electric vehicles:

Plug-in hybrids: