After massive pressure from the Electric Vehicle Association and the city’s electric car drivers, the city council has adopted new prices for municipal street charging in Oslo. The prices have not yet been introduced.
15.12.2022 14:41 | Updated 15:39
In recent days, the Electric Vehicle Association has had extensive dialogue and meetings – both with the city council and all parties in the city council – about charging prices in Oslo:
– We have communicated how many members who depend on street charging have contacted member services in the Electric Vehicle Association and expressed despair at the price shock, says Christina Bu, secretary general of the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association.
Yesterday the city council in Oslo decided to reverse the new price model for municipal street charging in Oslo.
And today the city council has published new rates, which are more moderate than the rates that were adopted the week before.
These are the new prices
The new prices still involve an increase from the original price, but the price increase is therefore markedly lower than what the city council decided on 7 December.
These are the prices that come into force over the New Year (the examples are for rate zone 3052 or 3054):
- At charging stations where it now costs NOK 35 an hour at night, after the New Year it will cost NOK 19 per hour. The old rate was NOK 13.
- At charging stations where it now costs NOK 49 per hour during the day, after the New Year it will cost NOK 27 per hour. The old rate was NOK 18.
At the bottom of the case, you see the prices for all tariff zones.
The price shall enter into force “as soon as possible”. Aftenposten reports that it will be in the New Year. The Electric Vehicle Association has requested that the prices take effect before Christmas.
We have previously shown how much it would cost to charge a Volkswagen e-Golf overnight at today’s prices. With today’s shock prices, it costs NOK 518 to park from 6pm to 8am the following morning.
In the new year, the same charging session will cost NOK 282. This means that the kWh price in the example drops from approximately NOK 20 to NOK 11 per kilowatt hour (kWh).
We have calculated the new prices for street charging in Oslo:
Charging can be so expensive – the prices do not reflect the price of electricity
The prices will vary – must follow the electricity price
The city council also decided that charging prices will henceforth follow the price of electricity to a greater extent. Charging prices will be calculated based on the forecast for future electricity prices.
Price changes will therefore take place once a month.
See the fact box at the bottom of the article for details.
The city council also decided that by 1 March the charging posts must be marked with the charging power delivered, and the pricing takes into account that charging often takes place at a lower power than is theoretically possible from the charging post.
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Work on kWh pricing continues
The Electric Vehicle Association has long worked for Oslo municipality to switch to pricing per kWh, rather than the hourly price they currently have.
The hourly price does not take into account how much power you actually get from the battery.
The city council also decided on 14 December that they should switch to “consumption-based payment for electricity” as soon as possible, and that this should happen by the end of 2023 at the latest.
– It is good that the city council agrees that a more forward-looking future price model is needed. We only get that when you pay based on how much electricity you actually get from the battery, says head of the Oslo and Akershus electric car association Per Maltun,
– The city council says that this should happen by the end of 2023, which the Electric Vehicle Association believes is entirely possible to achieve sooner. We will not give up until kilowatt-hour pricing is in place.
In addition, the local association leader is planning a campaign next year where all electric car drivers in Oslo can provide input on where in the city more street charging points are needed.
Decisive for those who have to street charge
Ever since the city council’s decision on 7 December, the Electric Vehicle Association has emphasized how crucial this charging offer is for the city’s electric car drivers:
Many people who drive electric cars live in old blocks of flats without parking spaces. Oslo municipality’s offer is therefore their “home charging”.
– Many have been in despair, because their “home charging offer” has become much more expensive overnight. We have communicated this in meetings and contact with all political parties. Thanks to Oslo politicians who are able to listen, it won’t be as bad as many feared last week, says Christina Bu.
She believes this case illustrates why it is so important that the city’s and the country’s electric car drivers are organized in their own interest organisation.
Turning around the price of street charging in Oslo:
Lowers charging prices after massive pressure
Here are the prices that were adopted by the city council:
|Tariff||Type of charging||Max time||Charge time||Prices adopted 7.12.22||New prices coming soon|
|3051||Semi-fast short time||3 h||09 – 20||62||54|
|3051||Semi-fast short time||3 h||20 – 09||35||38|
|3052||Normal short time||3 h||09 – 20||49||27|
|3052||Normal short time||3 h||20 – 09||35||19|
|3053||Semi-fast long term||24 h||09 – 20||62||54|
|3053||Semi-fast long term||24 h||20 – 09||35||38|
|3054||Normal long term||24 h||09 – 20||49||27|
|3054||Normal long term||24 h||20 – 09||35||19|
This is how the hourly rate will be calculated going forward:
- The model used for the time being, and with start-up as soon as possible, is charging capacity (3.6 or 7.2 kW) x electricity price forecast x +/- 1.2 (+20% daytime, – 20% nighttime) x 1.15 (15% risk and operating surcharge).
- Adjustment based on the electricity price forecast must take place once a month.
- In addition, the city council will operate with a minimum rate that will vary from NOK 13 to NOK 23. With today’s electricity prices, charging prices will rarely be at the minimum rate.
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