In Norway the first stop to the boarding of electric cars

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At least for now, the decision has limited effects, even if it concerns a Norwegian shipping company, where 16% of the circulating car fleet has zero emissions. But the risk is the domino effect. Havila Kystruten, a private company that is part of the Havila Group, whose headquarters are in Fosnavåg, 400 kilometers north of Bergen, the country’s second city, has ordered a ban on the transport of private electric, hybrid and hydrogen. The reason is the safety of the crews (who would not be able to put out a possible fire) and passengers. The company has cruise ships and the crackdown has also affected cars with conventional engines, which can only be embarked and disembarked in Bergen or Kirkenes. Unless you are traveling tourists, the repercussions are limited, also because there are only 9 parking spaces available.

The case risks exploding if shipowners specializing in other shipments adopt similar measures. Havila Kystruten’s decision is probably linked to the burning of the cargo ship Felicity Ace more than 200 nautical miles off the Azores archipelago. The vessel of the Japanese Mitsui OSK Lines had caught fire towards the end of February last year while carrying a precious cargo of vehicles, about 4,000 of the Volkswagen group, which ended up at the bottom of the ocean. The 22 crew members had been rescued, while a first and summary balance seemed to indicate the total damage to the various brands of the German group at around 250 million euros. Although the origins of the fire have not yet been clarified or, at least, have not been disclosed, they were initially attributed to the batteries of one or more electric cars, considered by experts to be among the “weak points” of these cars. The same operations of approach, extraction of any occupants as well as extinguishing are complex.


Havila Kystruten is determined not to take risks, also because insurance costs can rise. Shipping companies aside, the “hot” fronts for electrics can become others. Starting with those in the real estate sector, with construction companies, companies and hotels, just to name a few examples, called to protect car parks (even under construction) from any type of danger.

The European Union, which wants to ban the sale of non-zero-emission vehicles starting from 2035, has to worry about the recharging infrastructure, which is still lacking and which also causes the so-called “charger anxiety”, but also about safety. Otherwise there is the risk of a sort of “apartheid” for electric cars, diverted only outdoors and perhaps only in certain areas, such as smokers.

Another element that would not favor the desired diffusion.

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