13:05 GMT13 August 2020
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    Despite the overall sluggish development in the market for electric vehicles, Denmark seems to be committed to its cause to replace conventional cars. Recently, the number of electric charging docks across the Nordic nation has exceeded that of petrol stations, despite the obvious lack of demand.

    At present, there are 2,030 electric charging docks for electric vehicles in Denmark, which is two more than the 2,028 ordinary petrol stations, a historic report from the Danish Energy Association has found.

    "Of course, this is mostly symbolic, but the figure nevertheless shows that the infrastructure is getting increasingly more refined," Lærke Flader, the head of the Danish Electric Car Alliance, said.

    But while the electric vehicle infrastructure is flourishing, the overall prospects for the EV market in the Nordic country seem to be rather grim. Of late, Denmark's sales of electric cars have plummeted after the Danish government decided to curtail EV subsidies. So far in 2017, only 182 electronic cars have been sold in Denmark, of which only 17 to private consumers, which is a major drop from the 4,605 sold in 2015 the Copenhagen Post reported.

    The spike was later attributed to buyers anticipating the subsidy cutbacks, whereas Lærke Flader argued that the subsequently introduced tax regime "completely killed the market."

    While the Danish government seems to have realized its miscalculation and is reportedly revising the controversial tax, its fellow Nordic nation Norway earlier this year became the first country in the world where EVs surpassed traditional fossil fuel-based cars. Ironically, Western Europe's biggest oil producer Norway also has the world's greenest car fleet, with 500,000 electric and hybrid cars (of which 100,000 purely electric vehicles). The Norwegian government has pledged to eliminate all new fossil-fuel cars by 2025. Since 98 percent of Norwegian electricity comes from hydropower, electric vehicles have close to no carbon footprint at all.

    In Sweden, yet another Nordic nation, there is also little doubt that electric vehicles will become a staple in the coming decade. Earlier this month, Volvo made a historic commitment of phasing out conventional car engines after 2019, with plans to have sold at least one million electrified cars by 2025, including pure electric and hybrid vehicles.

    Denmark is a global leader in wind power, yet the steep 180 percent vehicle tax seems to remain an insurmountable obstacle for the future of electric cars. In Denmark, E.ON emerged as by far the biggest provider, with over 1,300 charging spots across the Nordic country.

    A modern electric car can typically charge from 0 to 80 percent in about 30 minutes.


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