Norway has built out its electric vehicle charging infrastructure so quickly that there’s virtually always a charging point nearby, and it was the first country in the world to see EV car sales outpace fossil fuel car sales. In the US, the Inflation Reduction Act is meant to speed the transition to EVs while simultaneously expanding the US EV charging network. In Norway, after the initial private investment, the government spent 7 million euros to create 1,900 charging points by 2011. The IRA invests $7.5 billion to build out a network of 500,000 EV chargers across the US by 2030. If Norway’s experience is an indicator, encouraging EV adoption itself might be the best tool for the US to increase charger proliferation. But while in Norway, grid infrastructure was already in place for heat even if public chargers were not, expanding US charging infrastructure will rely more on building out the electrical grid’s overall capacity than on building more public charging ports.

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