More electric cars in Danish municipal vehicle fleets

More than half of the Danish municipalities have electric vehicles on the roads, and even more electric cars are on the way, writes Danish daily newspaper Berlingske. The technology has reached a level that matches conventional cars and prices are reduced.

When the in-home helpers in the municipality of Skive drive out to citizens, they do so in battery-driven cars charged with wind and solar power. Just like the mini trucks that road-service employees in the municipality of Frederiksberg use to empty bins.

Frederiksberg and Skive are just two examples of a growing number of Danish municipalities focusing on electric vehicles to replace polluting diesel and petrol fuelled cars.

A new study performed by Berlingske Research shows that just over half of the municipalities have electric vehicles in their fleet. Moreover, almost 50 per cent have plans for more electric cars on the roads in 2013.

This is good news, says the Danish Energy Agency, which is dedicated to promote electric traffic in Denmark. So far, electric cars are in minority, especially among private car owners, but local efforts can pave the way for more environmentally friendly car traffic, says special consultant Michael Rask.

- For the private consumer the purchase cost is crucial, and electric cars are still more expensive than conventional cars. But electric cars are cheaper to operate and owners of large fleets, such as municipalities, recognize this advantage in their calculations, he explains.

- Previously, electrical cars were converted conventional cars. Now, for more than one year, we have tested factory-built electric cars and they are robust and reliable. Prices are also approaching the level of conventional cars, says Michael Rask.

This is an extract. Read the full article here at Berlingske’s website.