Local Car Dealer first with a stockpile of Electric Cars

The first car dealer in Denmark to stock electric cars is from Thisted. Right now Højland Biler has six electric cars in stock.

The customers are not exactly waiting in line at Peugeot in Thisted to by electric cars but none the less owner Kaj Højland has purchased six electric cars. He believes that in the future cars will run on everything else than the regular types of fuel we know today.
The customers are not exactly waiting in line at Peugeot in Thisted to by electric cars but none the less owner Kaj Højland has purchased six electric cars. He believes that in the future cars will run on everything else than the regular types of fuel we know today.

– In the future we will be producing our own fuel and yes, I also believe we should grow our own vegetables, says the entrepreneur who has spent a lot of time during the past many years to attend meetings and seminars on electric cars. Thus obtaining knowledge about electric cars and the problems concerning them.

The ambition is to become the one garage in the region that knows how to service electric cars.
– We plan to arrange workshops in repairing electric cars and it won’t harm to be the first on the market Kaj Højland smiles and expresses the hope that the new know how will eventually create more jobs.

Leasing Instead of Buying

The batteries still pose the biggest challenge for the electric car manufactures since they are very costly to produce.
– The Peugeot iOn on display here costs 275,000 Danish kroner Kaj Højland tells. When all the factors like fuel, green ownership tax and maintenance are taken into consideration this car is 30 per cent more expensive than a similar car with a petrol engine. This is so even though the electric car is free of fossil fuel taxes explains Kaj Højland.

Therefor he expects to lease the cars to the customers instead of actually selling them. He also believes that in most Danish families the electric car will only be a secondary car. Fully charged it will only run 130 kilometres – during wintertime a little less since heating the car will consume some energy.- The average European motorist drives 8 kilometres a day but here in Thy average is probably a lot more, perhaps 16 kilometres.

The challenge is to make the batteries last longer to accommodate drivers who live in the country and have long commutes to and from work every day. But according to statistics 90 per cent of all daily drives are less than 60 kilometres long, which means the electric car is a good option for many.

Lending the Cars

While Kai Højland is waiting for buyers he has decided to lend out the cars for a period of time to various interested parties in order to have the cars tested.- This is a way for me to run tests on the cars as well as a chance for potential buyers to get to know the car says Kaj Højland.

As a result a number of teachers from the polytechnic school in Thisted are driving silently to and from meetings and also the city council in Thisted has borrowed one of the cars for a period of time. Also Thy-Mors Energi has borrowed a car and Kaj Højland is willing to lend it to even more people.- I can be reached by phone or email if anyone is interested in borrowing one of the electric cars he says.

In Thisted Municipality 226 wind turbines supply all of Thy with CO2 neutral energy.
– The obvious asset here is that in Thy electricity comes from sustainable sources. So when you plug in the batteries for the car it doesn’t get more environmentally correct than that Kaj Højland says.
He is happy to invest both time and money in the project and concludes:
– This is our only Earth and we must take care of it.

Facts about the Peugeot iOn:

100 per cent battery driven
The battery is fully charged in 6 hours
Automatic transmission
Totally silent
To learn more about the car see www.peugeot.dk

Contact Kaj Højland at kh@thisted.peugeot.dk or phone (0045)24 29 18 24.

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