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The town of Akureyri has set the objective of becoming a carbon-neutral society. Increasing the number of environmentally friendly cars is critical to achieving this goal. In recent years, the number of purely electric vehicles in Iceland has increased. According to Transport Authority figures, such vehicles first appeared on the road in 2014 and 2015, and by the end of 2020, there were 6,953.

Most electric car owners, whether they live in an apartment building or a house, prefer to charge their vehicles at home. For electric car owners who live in apartment buildings, setting up charging stations is easier said than done. There are examples of apartment owners placing extension cables from their apartments to their driveway or parking lot, which can create a fire hazard.

Charging electric vehicles consumes a significant amount of power, which can be dangerous if connections and other charging infrastructure are not properly installed. Charging a large number of electric vehicles can easily consume more energy than other uses in the complex. As a result, it is critical to ensure safety during installation and to follow the rules of the Icelandic Construction Authority.

The Department of Human Services, charging station importers, and other companies have issued guidelines for charging station installation, outlining which laws and regulations to be aware of and which to avoid.

It is also a good idea to contact Norðurorka, a dealer of charging solutions, electricians or other professionals for assistance and guidance. More information can be found under this page's tabs and related content.

The National Energy Authority’s map shows many of the charging stations that are open to the public. This map is useful for electric car owners travelling long distances because it provides an overview of the charging options available in each geographic area. The map is a live document that is updated regularly. Suggestions and corrections can be sent to

The information on this page is generated in collaboration with Orkusetur, Norðurorka, Fallorka, Akureyri, Hlaða, Efla and Raftákn

Norway is at the forefront of energy exchange in transport, with over half of all new cars in Norway running on electricity. A Norwegian article, available on the Eco-Energy website, highlights the following eight points for housing associations that are good to consider when installing electric charging stations.

  1. Avoid individualized solutions and focus more on setting up a system that can be used for all residents.
  2. Assume that charging solutions can be expanded and users can be added.
  3. Expect different loading needs of residents, both in terms of power and timing of charging.
  4. Plan for the future. It is often cheaper to finish piping at the beginning of the construction phase rather than retroactively.
  5. Do not think too much about the number of electric cars. They are growing rapidly.
  6. Check the capacity of the building’s electrical system and how much additional input the system can withstand.
  7. Ensure that laws and regulations are followed for electrical safety and that installation is carried out by an authorized entity.
  8. A charging solution can increase the value of real estate.

On the website of the Icelandic Construction Authority you can find a number of useful information regarding the safety and regulations of charging stations.

  • The Department of Human Services strongly recommends charging method 3 (Mode 3), where specialized equipment ensures that the electric car is safely connected to the wiring.
  • Household links can be used for charging a 10A feed, even if the link is 16A. A higher current can cause burns in the link.
  • Electric vehicles should be charged from specialized connection points (i.e. the place where an electric car is connected to wiring) and only charge one electric vehicle at a time.
  • Each connected device should be protected by a surge protector and a faulty current switch.
  • Links should be located as close to the parking space as possible. They shall be fixed but portable links as it is not allowed to extend charging cables due to the risk of overheating (e.g. extension cables are not allowed to charge electric cars).
  • Under no circumstances may charging cables lie where there is a risk of being damaged and consequently overheating, such as over roads, sidewalks, or paths.

This checklist is intended for housing associations but can be used by anyone who is setting up a charging station.

  1. Get information about the building at Norðurorka.
  2. Explore the electricity consumption of the apartment building and the scope needed for charging electric cars.
  3. Plan the number of charging stations, current needs, and future requirements.
  4. View charging station solutions, advantages, defects, and prices.
  5. Search for an electrician and get quotes on all activities for the selected solution.
  6. In summary:
    1. Insinuation
    2. Measurement of use
    3. Need for load control?
    4. Need for energy measurement charging system?
    5. Need for payment solution?
    6. Seek advice
    7. Get quote for charging equipment
    8. Get quote for wiring work
    9. Get quote for ground work

The price of electricity is divided between distribution and sale. The Electricity Act of 2003 ensures that one company cannot both handle the production and sales of electricity as well as the transmission and distribution of electricity. Transport and distribution is a utility operation with exclusive rights to operate in its area while production and sales are competitive and subject to the rules of the Competition Act. To ensure that the exclusive entity does not pay down the costs of the competitive segment, it should be completely understood (administratively, operationally, and financially) that part of this separation is the issuance of accounts is separate, something that leads to the electricity buyer being allowed to send two electricity bills


The distribution of electricity involves receiving the electricity from the transmission company in the “main transformer stations,” which there are two of in Akureyri, and then sending the electricity from there to one of the more than 100 smaller transformer stations across Akureyri. From the transformer stations, electricity passes through “street cabinets” and then into the customer’s house.

In Akureyri, Norðurorka handles all distribution of electricity. Further information can be found at OS.


The sale of electricity is a competitive market, but the vast majority of residents in Akureyri are in business with Fallorka. On Orkusetur’s website, there is a calculator for comparing electricity prices.

Electricity Terms

Volt (V): A three phase 400V system is standard today. Traditionally, a single phase connector is 230 volts.

Amper (A): The unit of measurement for measuring flow of charge or the amount of electricity flowing through a connector. Traditionally, a home charger is 10A - 16A. Most chargers can only sustain 16A for a small period of time without a special link. Three fast connectors come in 16, 32 og 63A variations.

AC and DC: AC stands for alternating current and is the type of electricity you find coming out of a wall socket. DC stands for direct current and is the type of electricity that traditionally flows from batteries into EVs.

Watt (W) A watt (W) is a measure of energy transfer, 1 Killowatt (kW) = 1000W. If a car is built to charge at 7.4kW and is connected to a 22kW AC adapter, the car will never charge above its rated speed (7.4kW). Quick charging in Iceland is a tranfer of 50kW over a DC current, cars charging at a quickcharging station will charge near 50kW.

Kilowatt-hour (kWh)A unit of energy transfer over 1 hour. This unit is used by homes to measure energy consumed and in cars to measure the remaining charge in a battery. 

Ampere-hour (Ah): A unit of electric charge supplied over an hour and is primarily used to measure the size of a battery.

Ingress Protection (IP) Ratings: The first number represents a device's ability to prevent damage due to dust, while the second number represents the ability of a device to prevent damage due to water. IP54 means that a device is dust and water resistance while IP67 indicates that a device is resistance to both in all directions. When installing a device, its IP rating must be taken into account in relation to the environment it is installed in.

Impact Resistence (IK): A meaure of how well a device resists impacts. The scale measures from 0 - 10, IK10 means that the device can withstand a knock worth 20,000 joules of energy.

Connectors / Connector types

Type 1: A type of charger for electric vehicles; it is single phase and charges at 32A and 7.4 kW (used in American and Asian vehicles as well as older Japanese vehicles)

Type 2: A type of charger for electric vehicles; it is single or triple phase all are 63A (used in European cars and all future cars on the European market)

AC43A standard for AC fast-charging at 22kW (as well as other things) in French vehicles.

CHAdeMOA DC fast-charging connector (among other things) for Japanese vehicles.

CCS (Combo Charging System)A DC fast-charging connecting. Sam connecter is used for slow and fast charing (among other things) used in German cars.

Charging Modes

Mode 1 Charger with a cable using a regular wall outlet. 

Mode 2: Charger with a cable using a regular wall outlet, but configured with EV specific protection equipment.

Mode 3: Either slow or fast charging in an AC socket using an EV-specfic multi pin socket. 

Mode 4: DC fast charging with a specific charging interface (such as CHAdeMO).


Access Controller: A device that locks the car (ex. RFID-card or smart phone).

Power Controller: Controls the charging current.

Load Controller: Controls a group of charging station and distributes electricity to each of them. The load controller will attempt to equalize the amount of power being sent to each of the bays within the charging station.

Payment Solution: A billing system usually managed by an outside party or group. 

Temperture Monitoring: A system monitors temperature and reduces or stops the rate of charging if necessary.

Collision Protection: Equipment that stops a charging station from being run-over. In front of charging stations that are not well protected by the curb stones or impact columns are placed to protect the equipment.