Thanks to the substantial contribution from the state, which is accompanied by a policy clearly aimed at the limitation of the cars with the engine (see here), in Sweden, the sales of electric cars are soaring by as much as 253% in the first five months of the year; but the party may already be over, even before it really started.
It’s all the fault of the increased demand for electrical energy, in Stockholm and in other cities, that is putting into crisis the production capacity, forcing the managers to invent new strategies to cope with the demand growing exponentially, as one can hook up to the network that provides power to subway lines.
Demand in major cities has grown faster than expected, and it will take at least ten years to build a new and efficient network of distribution across the country.
The problems are not only in the city: the government target of becoming carbon neutral by 2045 assumes that in Sweden there are no less than 2.5 million vehicles plug-in hybrids and pure electric by the end of the next decade; and if many of them will be used in an urban context, and then to transfer short, for longer trips, such as work taxi drivers and drivers of vans, you need a widespread network of charging stations.
The famous infrastructure: “To convince people to make the big step and buy an electric car, should not be forced to make long detours to find a charging station,” said Tobias Henmark, head of unit, Swedish Fortum Charge & Drive, which runs 740 units of fast charging.
So that the increase of electric vehicles is manageable despite the lack of power capacity, came the proposal of cash incentives to owners who make available to system energy, the electrical present of your own car; if a sufficient number of cars were connected and willing to share their batteries with the grid, you could if not solve at least alleviate the problem.
The car market in Sweden is experiencing a difficult season: from the beginning of the year, the sales have declined 14.4% , and this despite the good performance of the electric cars.
The special top ten of the “zero emissions“ in the first five months of the year sees the first place the Tesla Model 3, with 1.649 unit, followed by the Renault Zoe (1.072) and the Kia Niro (948); to follow, the Nissan Leaf (681), BMW i3 (600), Tesla Model S (355), and Hyundai Kona (284); to close the ranking, Hyundai Ioniq (208), Volkswagen Golf (208) and the Audi e-tron (195).