Garden Centre restplaceJuly 29, 2017 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C
Heading towards the city of Bergen we stopped at Lavik where there was a petrol station that provided filling and emptying facilities for the van. The services were free if you bought fuel but 25NOK otherwise. We didn't need fuel but were happy to pay £2.50 considering all the free overnight spots we'd been making use of. While we waited to fill up with water, we spotted a new Tesla supercharger car park over the road. There were 10 charging stations for Tesla electric vehicles as well as four Type 2 charge stations provided by the petrol station! We'd read just that morning that Tesla were releasing a 'mass production' electric car and it got us thinking. After a little research we found out that Norway has the most electric vehicles per head of population in the world! Incentives such as bus-lane access, free city parking and toll-free travel for electric cars have helped to bring the percentage of new electric vehicles to 27% of all new cars registered in Norway, with hybrids making this up to 42% last month!
Lavik sat on the side of a huge fjord so we drove on to the car ferry that would take us across to Ytre Oppedal. It was only once we were out on deck that we sensed the ferry was different to others we'd used. The loudest noise was emitted from two large fans and there was less vibration than normal. This prompted us to look around for chimneys but we couldn't find any. We suspected it may be an electric ferry and upon further investigation we found a display telling us that we were on Ampere, the world's first all electric battery powered car and passenger ferry! Given our interest in sustainable technology we were understandably excited!
Home for the night was at a restplace opposite a garden centre. The rain came in intermittent torrential downpours but in one of the dry spells, we had a wander around the centre. As expected, everything was a lot more expensive than it would be back home but Vicky persuaded Will to shell out £5 for a chrysanthemum to cheer up the plant shelf.Read more