Electric Car Network Motors To Denmark

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It seems that we Americans could learn a thing or two from Denmark. Not only are Danish citizens amongst the happiest in the world, but they're also amongst the most energy conscience. In a landmark deal announced today in Copenhagen, Better Place -- the same outfit responsible for planning an EV network in Hawaii -- has teamed with DONG Energy in order to begin deploying an electric car charging network in Denmark.

The €103 million ($135.7 million) deal outlines obligations for DONG Energy to "assist in the Better Place Denmark network rollout as well as be the preferred supplier of renewable energy to power the network." The goal may be lofty, but the two are hoping to enable "widespread adoption of mass-market vehicles by 2011." According to Anders Eldrup, CEO and President of DONG Energy: "Our goal in investing in Better Place Denmark is to help reduce CO2 emissions and increase the consumption of sustainable energy by capturing and leveraging wind power more efficiently."

As it stands, Denmark is already a relatively green nation. Even with access to oil reserves in the North Sea, it chooses to generate around 20 percent of its electric power from wind-generating utilities, and 7 percent of the total wind power created in the country is exported because of a lack of satisfactory storage options. Taking things one step further, the Danish government applies zero tax for zero emission vehicles while applying up to a 180 percent tax on petrol-based vehicles.

If you're curious as to where more of these tax-free cars will come from, the duo has also made clear that the
Renault-Nissan Alliance will "begin to commercialize a complete range of EVs especially adapted to Danish customer requirements."
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shanewu replied on Wed, Jan 28 2009 5:51 PM

DONG Energy...nice name. ;)

Looks like good progress.

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I'm sorry, but I've never heard of a zero tax on car policy, and I'm a danish citizen. In fact I find this rather hard to believe, as there's generally tax on everything here.

Also the "up to 180% tax on cars" is wrong. It's up to 300%

Btw I'm not happy >:-(

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I'm not sure as I'm in NZ, so I can't say if the taxes are the right or wrong percentages.

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Dreaming of electric car? It is really an innovation dating years ago but never made any progress during its introduction. All car manufacturers pursue on developing cars that highly consumes gas, good interior, and physical attributes that makes the car eye-catching. After years of realization the electric car is finally fully understand. The efficiency of this car is now highlighted with the Prius and the Nissan leaf.  Nissan and Yoyota does not focus on faulty Ignition Switch alone, both have emerge to compete on making the road cleaner with cars that are environment friendly.

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