More rental electric cars soon on the road
If you are looking to rent an electric car this summer, you are in luck. More electric car rentals will be available, reports news agency TT. For people looking to drive short distances, the electric car may pay off.
But most of the electric cars need to be charged after 100 to 150 kilometers, so it is easy to get nervous about losing power and breaking down.
There are still few companies that rent out electric cars in Sweden. The company OKQ8 rents out two electric cars in Stockholm, while Statoil has only one in Stockholm and one in Gothenburg. Avis rents out one electric car in Uppsala.
But there will soon be more. In May, the carpool company Sunfleet received ten electric cars in Malmö, Gothenburg, and Stockholm. And in several weeks, Hertz car rental will rent out three electric cars in Stockholm.
Many of these electric cars are of the model Volvo C30 Electric. The model is partly a research project where Volvo is cooperating with other companies. "This is one way to try an electric car. Electric cars do replace what other cars do, especially in cities. An electric car works great for people who don't have to travel long distances," says David Weiner, an environmental and safety expert at Volvo.
Electric cars however are still very expensive.
Only around 500 electric cars are on the roads in Sweden, out of over 4.4 million vehicles. That is much less than Norway, which has over 5,000 electric cars on the roads, out of a total of 2.4 million cars.