Government grants 150 million for fast-chargers in remote northern Sweden

The Swedish government’s aim is to establish a network with no more than 100 km between each fast-charger on the main roads. (Thomas Nilsen/The Independent Barents Observer)
Sweden’s government makes available 50 million kroner (€4,76 million) annually the next three years.

The grant is earmarked for remote areas of the country where fast-chargers are not available today. In practice, that mainly goes for northern regions in Norrbotten and some few remote roads in the south.

The exact locations are to be decided by the Swedish Transport Administration.

A report from the agency tells that only three of Sweden’s 297 public available fast-chargers (50 kW DC) location are in the county of Norrbotten, additional to Tesla’s network of superchargers. Tesla’s chargers, however, can’t be used by other electric vehicles.

The hope is to get about 100 new fast-chargers in Norrbotten, Småland, Värmland and Gävleborg.

Main highways along the east-coast of Sweden, like European route E4, have a rather comprehensive network of fast-chargers. In the inland, though, and especially in the remote north where distances between towns are long, fast-chargers are close to non-existing.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Renewable energy must be community tailored, Arctic conference hears, Eye on the Arctic

Finland: Northern Scandinavia to pioneer commercial flights with electric planes, The Independent Barents Observer

Norway: Norway to expand network of electric car chargers across Arctic, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Mining boost in Russian central Arctic to feed electric vehicle market, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Giant battery factory bringing economic boom to Northern Swedish city, Radio Sweden

United States: Alaska’s first, electric public transit bus ready to hit Anchorage streets, Alaska Public Media

Thomas Nilsen, The Independent Barents Observer

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