The Icelandic government will be upgrading its fleet of ministerial vehicles to electric cars, RÚV reports. Electric cars will be integrated into the existing fleet according to the regular car replacement schedule.
Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir says that it is now important to gather information on electric car manufacturers and dealerships to determine what make and model should be selected by government ministers.
Electric cars have been very popular with Icelandic consumers in recent years and sales have been steadily increasing. For instance, only 227 electronic cars were sold in 2016, but 415 of them were sold in 2017—an 86% increase. Alternative and clean transportation has been an important issue with city planners, whose proposals for new energy-efficient initiatives included city-wide lamppost charging stations. Supporting increased use of electric cars was also one of the goals laid out in the Reykjavík Climate Policy, which was approved in 2016.
A recent report on electric cars in Iceland revealed that the proportion of clean electric cars in Iceland is expected to increase even more in the coming years, although this will depend somewhat on government decisions and market conditions. One of the most significant factors for buyers to consider, however, is that from the time they are purchased new, cars in Iceland are, on average, in use for twelve to thirteen years. As such, any car purchased today will impact the local environment for more than a decade.