Transporting people and freight generate a considerable amount of local exposures, and about one third of Norwegian emissions of greenhouse gases.
Real emissions from diesel cars exceed substantially the type approval values – see “Dieselgate”. Norway needs to continue measuring vehicle emissions under Nordic colder climate conditions and realistic urban driving cycles. Norway is the world leading pilot area for electro-mobility and our research of international interest.
Are the billions spent on noise insulation and prevention by road, railway, and air-port authorities to satisfy Norwegian zoning limits effective use of public funding? The consequences of restrictive regulations should be assessed to see which type of efforts are effective, and socio-economically advantageous.
Cars sharing, and urban bicycle solutions stimulate to more environmental friendly, flexible and integrated mobility solutions. A micro-city approach can contribute to the transformation of today’s car-dependent suburbs.
Climate change alters the probabilities natural hazards. It is the secondary natural hazard impacts that have the gravest consequences, and resilience building efforts should target second and third affected tiers, and their stakeholders.
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Electric car batteries will be available for recycling or reuse in Norway from 2025, with a significant increase in volume towards 2030.
Achieving road traffic electrification targets set in the Norwegian National Transport Plan will be very demanding (and expensive), but it can be achieved.
More fast chargers are needed to ensure efficient charging for a growing number of electric vehicles
Researchers has analyzed actual use of fast chargers.
Most Low Emission Zones have been implemented because the cities did not comply with the EU Limit Values for local air quality.
Considering electric vehicles to be the future, salespeople appreciate the electric car sales.
Norway’s policy on electric vehicles has led to a tipping point of fossil fueled based vehicle ownership by households.
Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles provide substantial environmental advantages compared with comparable Internal Combustion Engine Vehicles.
Plug-in hybrids drive electrically with power from the grid 55% of the time. Battery electric vehicles are driven more in total and in everyday traffic.
Emission measurements conducted by TØI in in collaboration with VTT in Finland show that new Euro 6 cars with diesel engines are struggling with too high NOx emissions in real traffic. After Volkswagen has admitted cheating in emission tests in the United States by making its cars appear more environmentally friendly than they are, our study is no less relevant for a European context.
Institute of Transport Economics is a partner in the project Awareness raising on climate change adaptation measures in the Czech towns using the Norwegian experiences.