The goal of Ladda i Mittstroket - which means “charging on the central road” - is to reduce drivers’ carbon footprint.
But how is this calculated? And what are the other aims of this European project to improve mixed transport in the centre of Sweden? We find out more with project manager Henrietta Philp.
“In a project like this, it's quite hard to measure the carbon footprint of the investments,” she says. “But we can have some indications from the usage of the charging stations: that is how many people and for how long are they charging? Another thing we can look at is the trend of electric vehicles here, both locally and regionally. Are they increasing compared to the entire vehicle fleet?”
“We want to do this because we want to give people the opportunity to combine the travel means here, by car and by train or by bus or whatever you want to use.
“But we still need to have public stations for those who don't have the possibility to charge at home or for those who just are visiting. Tourism is a really big industry here and where we are here in Mittstraket, it's really known for its beautiful landscape and for its tradition of small and entrepreneurial businesses and a way of life that is closer to nature and outdoors than it is in the big urban cities down south.”