Denmark’s first electric ministerial car hits Danish roads
Recent years have seen a marked improvement in electric cars. The technology has advanced to the point where it is now possible to drive over 400km on one charge. At the same time, the electric car also fulfils the need for an "office on wheels" as a ministerial car in use on long trips. The first experiences are good.
"It is gratifying that the technology has now reached the stage where it is possible to have an electric car as a ministerial car. In addition to their long range, electric cars can now also meet the needs of a minister who often has to work on the road. It goes without saying that I am very pleased to be able to travel in a climate-friendly car as climate minister," said Climate, Energy and Building Minister Martin Lidegaard.
The electric car is a Tesla S 85 - a medium-sized passenger car. It has been more expensive to buy than the previous ministerial car - a BMW 520 D. On the other hand, the running costs are expected to be lower. This is because the cost of fuel, servicing and taxes are less than a diesel-powered car. The ministry expects to achieve a small saving overall from the transport minister making this switch.
"I often urge municipalities, businesses and others with larger fleets of cars to experiment with electric cars. Now we are also making an effort with our ministerial car. We will test whether the economy holds and the car can live up to the demands which I shall place on it as minister. It is my hope that the operation and economics of electric cars have reached such a level that the public can benefit from going ahead and getting more electric cars on the streets," says Martin Lidegaard.
The new ministerial electric car has cost DKK 580,000. The car may, according to the manufacturer, run for up to 480km on a single charge. The process of charging a depleted battery to a fully charged battery takes 4 hours using a stationary charger with standard AC power. The car emits less than one third of CO2 per kilometre compared to the previous ministerial car.
The purchase of the ministerial vehicle is part of a pilot scheme under which the Ministry will test the electric car’s functionality as a ministerial means of transport up until August 2014.