Iceland: The Next Electric Car Capital ?  

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Forbes has an article on Iceland's potential to switch to electric vehicles - Iceland: The Next Electric Car Capital.

What country will be the first to make electric cars the default national transportation? It would probably be the tiny green country of Iceland.

Some 75% of Iceland's population lives within 37 miles of Reykjavik, Iceland's capital, and the rural areas (connected by an 840-mile ring road) could probably be wired with just 15 fast-charging stations. That, coupled with the fact that 80% of Iceland's energy is cheaply produced renewable (from geothermal and hydro) should give you a good idea why this is the ideal test bed for electric vehicles. ...

Only 3% of Iceland's energy comes from coal, which should silence electric vehicle critics who say that U.S. cars operating on electricity from dirty coal plants are just moving the pollution around. Iceland has the actual potential to get close to zero emissions. ...

Iceland has a 2008 memorandum of understanding with Mitsubishi, which is already a partner in the country's aluminum smelting operations, to deliver i-MiEV electric cars. The plan was to have several dozen i-MiEVs (imported tax-free) on the road in 2009, and greatly expanded availability this year, but only a few of the battery vehicles are on the island now.

An Icelandic entrepreneur named Gisli Gislayson is also planning to import electric vehicles into Iceland, starting with Indian-made Revas. It would be useful if the world's electrification gurus had Iceland on their radar screens, because no other country could plug in so quickly.

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