Oslo Beefs Up Electric Car Charging Stations, But Buyers Experience A Backlog

Oslo's city government has promised to install 400 electric car charging/parking places over the next four years. Meanwhile Norway's electric car manufacturer THINK is turning out its THINK city cars at the rate of just three per day, which has created a local waiting list 700 customers long.

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High prices for jet fuel may have made rap star Diddy ground his private jet for the moment, but Europeans and especially Norwegians are finding it hard to break the driving habit. Perhaps because their economy is still fairly strong, some Norwegians are choosing to supplement their already fuel-efficient cars with new hybrid, alternative fuel or all-electric vehicles. Hit the jump for more, including a photo of the all-electric (also Norwegian) Buddy.

400 charging stations by 2011
Currently around 50 charging stations exist in Oslo, and by year's end that number should double, with 100 additional stations being put up between 2009 - 2011. At the same time, THINK will try to ramp up production from the current three cars to more than 20 cars daily (THINK recently hired a Ford executive as COO). ElbilNorge, another Norwegian electric car company is busy assembling all-electric Buddy cars (originally a Danish design) and plans to make 300 by the end of the year. Both the Buddy and the THINK city get a free pass through Oslo's congestion charging stations. Via ::Aftenposten.no
400 charging stations by 2011
Currently around 50 charging stations exist in Oslo, and by year's end that number should double, with 100 additional stations being put up between 2009 - 2011. At the same time, THINK will try to ramp up production from the current three cars to more than 20 cars daily (THINK recently hired a Ford executive as COO). ElbilNorge, another Norwegian electric car company is busy assembling all-electric Buddy cars (originally a Danish design) and plans to make 300 by the end of the year. Both the Buddy and the THINK city get a free pass through Oslo's congestion charging stations. Via ::Aftenposten.no

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