Jan 23, 2018

Electric vehicles are everywhere in Norway
Jan 23, 2018
Abhishek     follow
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At the time electric vehicles surpassed 2 million sales globally and global Plug-in sales and share reach 1.2%, Norwegian electric vehicle sales achieved around 52% share of total vehicles sold until January 2018 that was 39% in January 2017. That also means they turned 5% of their on-road passenger cars into plug-ins by January 2017 (Highest in any country).

Pic: #1 | Electric vehicles at one of the charging stations in Norway

Aiming to bring 50,000 plug-in vehicles on the road by 2018, the Norweign government reached their target 3 years early in 2015. By the end of that year, there were around 70,000 plug-in vehicles on the road that reached 200,000 by the end of 2017. The country is now on its way to reaching the goal of 100% plug-in vehicles on its roads by 2025.

Pic #2 | Monthly plug-in vehicles sales in Norway | src 

Charging is the main reason why people avoid buying electric vehicles. But In Norway, there is more than 10,000 charging station for plug-ins vehicle. But this is not the only reason that helping Norweign to buy electric vehicles, there are some other government policies and facilities that are letting their people switch to electric vehicles. These policies are not just decreasing the prices of EVs, But also providing a lot of facilities to the electric vehicles owner.

Government's zero-emissions incentives include: [src]

  • No purchase/import taxes 
  • Exemption from 25% VAT on purchase 
  • Low annual road tax 
  • No charges on toll roads or ferries
  • Free municipal parking
  • Access to bus lanes
  • 50 % reduced company car tax
  • Exemption from 25% VAT on leasing

Now coming to the point, are they really going green?
As we know electric vehicles need electric energy to recharge their battery and if that energy is generating through nuclear or thermal power station then it can't be considered as green or zero-emission. But the fact is, over 99% of the electricity in Norway generated through hydropower plants means Norway is literally going green.

According to cleantechnica, The Norweign government set a target in 2012 to reduce 85 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre till 2020 and it was achieved 3 years early in 2017.

Companies like Tesla, Volkswagen and Nissan made a huge impact on the EVs market of Norway. The Nissan Leaf takes the lead with more than 4,500 units sold in 2013. Since August 2013 Tesla begins the delivery of its vehicles. By the end of that year, Norway became its largest per capita sales market for the Model S, Although it never took the lead.


According to Bloomberg, One in Six New Cars in the World Will Be Electric By 2025.
China is by far the global leader in the electrification of other transport modes(two-wheelers and low-speed EVs) accounting more than 2 million electric two-wheelers, around 4 million low-speed electric vehicles (LSEVs) and more than 300 thousand electric buses.[src] In 2016, China was also the largest electric vehicles market in the world accounting for more than 40% of electric cars sold in the world and more than double of the United States. Now you must consider that until 2015, the United States was leading the EVs market accounting the largest portion of the global electric car stock.

Pic #3 | Electric car stock targets to 2020 based on country commitments | src 
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To read extreme version visit Global-EV-Outlook-2017