The world's largest DC fast-charging site opened last week. In Norway, of course. The town of Nebbenes, about 40 miles northeast of Oslo, claimed the honor, boasting a collection of chargers that can rapidly recharge as many 28 cars at the same time, Green Car Reports says. To put that into perspective, those 28 outlets represent more than the number of any sort of publicly-accessible charging stations (fast-charge and standard) in Alaska and North Dakota, combined, according to numbers from the US Department of Energy. That total of 28 chargers is also about half the number of publicly accessible charging stations in states like Arkansas, Delaware, Montana, and Wyoming. The Nebbenes opening made such a splash that 150 Tesla owners showed up to celebrate, according to EV Norway.

While the sheer size of the venue is impressive, it should come as no surprise that it was built in Norway, which has the highest percentage share of electric vehicles in the world. With Norway flush with relatively inexpensive hydroelectric power, the Norwegian government has been very aggressive in pushing for zero-emissions vehicles, offering perks for EV drivers such as no road taxes, registration fees, or sales tax on new-vehicle acquisitions, as well as free public parking, public charging, and ferry transport.

In fact, Norway earlier this year was believed to be jumping further into the deep end when it comes to its commitment to EVs. That's because its 2018-2029 National Transport Plan, which was released this spring suggested that the country may eventually enforce a ban on all gas- and diesel-powered cars, possibly within the next decade. Last month, though, a spokesman for the Norwegian Transport Ministry said there was no such plan in place.


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