Electric car owners may soon be able to charge their cars at stations in front of new apartment buildings around the city, as well as via lampposts, Kjarninn reports. These charging stations would be accessible to everyone—regardless of whether they live in the apartments or not—and are some of the proposals that were put forth as part of the city’s energy alternatives in transportation initiative, which is being undertaken with utility company Reykjavík Energy.
Reykjavík Energy shared the suggestions, experiments, and development projects related to increasing the use of electric energy in transportation at an open meeting that was recently held at Reykjavík City Hall. Supporting increased use of electric cars was one of the goals laid out in the Reykjavík Climate Policy, which was approved in 2016. The climate policy laid out a number of suggestions on how to approach this, such as installing public-use electric charging stations in parking garages, on the sides of municipal buildings, and within neighborhoods around the city.
Reykjavík Energy has developed four proposals for projects which would require close collaborations with the city to implement. These include charging stations for electric car owners who do not own their own homes and/or garages, charging stations on site at new buildings, load control for electric charging stations at apartment buildings and multi-unit houses, and electric charging stations in lampposts.
Read more about Reykjavík's Climate Policy (in English), on the City of Reykjavík's website, here.