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Reykjavík to Lead the Way with Electric Cars

Published October 28, 2009

The Environmental and Transportation Committee of Reykajvík City Council has decided to put together a work group that will put together a plan for making the city lead the world in electric car use.
Vísir reports that the committee believes the city could be able to develop a plan to encourage the use of electric cars in an economic fashion. The advantages to the plan are many, the committee says: the electricity would be endless, renewable, and would greatly reduce air pollution. They intend to submit a full plan next March.
Iceland’s power sources stem from both geothermal turbines and hydropower, both sources of clean and renewable power. In the past, Iceland experimented with the idea of hydrogen powered vehicles, but the idea proved to costly, as hydrogen is not itself an energy sources; it takes power to make hydrogen. Electric vehicles stand a far better chance, as such a plan would entail extending already existing powerlines to parking space chargers such as those seen in the photo. There are already two such power spaces in Reykjavík, just in front of the restaurant Sólon.
(Photo credit: frankh)


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