Iceland’s Ring Road is now equipped with a network of electric car charging stations, making it possible to drive around the entire country by electric car for the first time ever. RÚV reported first.
The network’s final charging station opened in Mývatn, North Iceland, yesterday. This final station ensures there are never more than 100 km (62 mi) between charging points along the 1,300 km (800 mi) road. The Ring Road connects most of the inhabited parts of the country, as well as most of Iceland's popular tourist destinations.
Bjarni Már Júlíusson, CEO of ON Power, which runs the stations, says the achievement is like opening the Ring Road all over again. “It’s similar to when the Ring Road was completed with the opening of the bridge across Skeiðarársandur [in 1974],” Bjarni stated. “It’s now become accessible to all cars running on clean energy.”
Now that the Ring Road is open to electric cars, Bjarni believes that electric rental cars will increase rapidly in the near future. This development could reduce the usage of cars that run on fossil fuels. “I’m quite convinced that it’s possible to sell tourists on the idea of taking an emissions-free trip around Iceland,” he says.