Why Norway Is The “EV Capital Of The World” – Video

3 years ago by Jay Cole 22

In September 1 Of 9 New Car Purchases Where Of The All-Electric Variety

In September 1 Of 9 New Car Purchases Where Of The All-Electric Variety

Why is Norway leading the world in EV purchases per capita?

This video produced from the prospective of a Canadian (of which Canada clearly lags the rest of the world in EV adoption) spells it out pretty clearly.  It’s the money.

“In fact the leading cause for buying an electric car in Norway isn’t some sense of global citizenry, or desire to go green…it’s saving money.”

From there, the report doubles back to the reasons for the incentives, and their hoped for future implications.

“…each year electric car technology gets a little bit better and a little bit more affordable, and the need for these incentives to put the electric car on par with gasoline powered cars become less and less.”

Number of registrations of new all-electric passenger cars in Norway – September 2014

Number of registrations of new all-electric passenger cars in Norway – September 2014

Norway Recap:  More than 1 in every 95-odd cars on the road is an EV, and last month 1,300 electric vehicles were registered in Noway – good for 11.2% of the new car market.

For September, the Nissan LEAF lead the sales race with 367 sales and is currently the best selling EV in the country with 3,745 registrations – the Tesla Model S is second with 3,535

Hat tip to offib!

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22 responses to "Why Norway Is The “EV Capital Of The World” – Video"

  1. “Norway Recap: More than 1 in every car on the road is an EV”
    … is this stat for ‘new car sales’, or for all ‘registered cars’ in Norway?

    IMO; what is impressive in is now so much the number of EVs, but the support the community provides. Particularly the degree of infrastructure for charging EVs in public locations. The ratio of charging points to cars has to be one of the highest.

    While many states in the US have more EVs than Norway, few have the mature level of infrastructure that Norway has. In America there is a much lower number of high speed public chargers vs. number of cars.

    1. Jay Cole says:

      It is notoriously difficult to get past the “1 in every car” mark – props to Norway.

      Whoops, should be 1 in 95. Thanks.
      /fixed

  2. sven says:

    “. . . Canada clearly lags the rest of the world in EV adoption. . .”

    At least Canada leads the world in hockey, curling, and the quality of its EV websites!

  3. GRA says:

    Jay,, this is one of those “In other news, the sun rose in the east again today” articles. Of course it’s the money; as I’ve written elsewhere, if Hummers got the same amount of subsidies and perks that BEVs do in Norway, Hummers would be at the top of the sales charts. But do we really want car sales to be based on how much of other people’s money the government is willing to bribe us with to buy a particular (type of) car? That’s not sustainable, at least in the U.S., and until PEVs are able to compete without subsidies with ICEs they won’t be mainstream.

    1. Rob Stark says:

      NO one argues subsidies are sustainable.

      They are there to jumpstart the industry to overcome the initial startup cost.

      Electric powertrains will reach parity within a decade.

      1. kdawg says:

        Apparently oil subsidies are sustainable.. or is that inalienable.
        🙂

      2. sven says:

        Are you OK with the upcoming subsidies to jump start hydrogen car industry?

    2. Henning76 says:

      Technically, it’s not really subsidies. They’re just not taxed.

      “Normal” petrol cars are extremely heavily taxed in Norway, making it one of the world’s most expensive markets for cars in general.

      Norway is hence in a unique position to provide “benefits” to electric cars. Our extremely high car sale taxes make it possible for EVs to seem “cheap”.

    3. MDEV says:

      Norway is also a big Oil producer but they are smart enough to export it. As a rich country they will sustain electrics at the point people just will not consider an ICE. I guess that after that the incentives will be terminated.

  4. Max says:

    Kinda ironic, considering Norway is a massive oil producing nation.

    1. Mike says:

      No, unlike the US, it’s smart management.
      Because there is no such thing as a “free” market.

      The oil-coal-fracking lobby’s control of congress means they get extra to make money on the pollution of US water and the slow death of US citizens, just like cigarettes, also not banned in the US.

      In Norway, they us Smart People to Manage the Economy for the betterment of All Citizens, not just the .1% sociopaths.

      1. Max says:

        Agreed. But unfortunately Norwegian oil is getting burnt somewhere on the Planet. And that’s the core problem.

        1. Jouni Valkonen says:

          That Norwegian oil is very minor problem, because with that oil wealth they have created the richest country in the world and showed that perfect utopian state is indeed possible, where everything is just perfect.

          Therefore Norway is our own laboratory how to construct perfect utopia and we have clear and well defined goal here. Now we just must figure out how every countries and US states could manage their economy as such that it creates as high level welfare as it is in Norway. Obviously this is difficult without oil money, but I would say that it far from impossible! Therefore there is hope for perfect utopian society.

      2. sven says:

        “In Norway, they use Smart People to Manage the Economy for the betterment of All Citizens”

        Yeah, it’s for the betterment of All Citizens only if you don’t believe in global warming.

        “. . . and the slow death of US citizens, just like cigarettes, also not banned in the US”

        Did the Smart People of Norway ban cigarettes in Norway? No.

        1. Jouni Valkonen says:

          Cigarettes are so heavily taxed in Norway that it fully mitigates the external costs of smoking

  5. James says:

    The U.S. government subsidies for electric car adopters is in-your-face – at the point of sale fodder, up for public forum and debate.

    The oil and gas subsidies, on the other hand are under the radar, never advertised and seldom known. If the average citizen realized just how costly driving a gas-burner was to their pocketbook in ways unseen, they may be much more receptive to buying an electric car.

  6. James says:

    Just by the sheer amount of “credit counseling” marketers on TV and media, it’s apparent Americans, by-and-large, live day to day and a whole lot on plastic. Many attribute this to non-education re: the workings of compound interest.

    If the average American would do the numbers on how much he/she is going to pay changing oil, changing filters, changing catalytic converters and hassling to go to the emissions check every other year, they may think twice about buying an EV.

    We all are somewhat guilty of only feeling the pain of “ICE-ATOSIS” when these periodic maintenance needs arise, and not before. It’s just one more reason ICE manufacturers don’t advertise that a LEAF, Volt or i3 don’t require this regular maintenance, as brake jobs, oil changes and diesel exhaust fluid just aren’t part of your EV vocabulary.

    1. James says:

      i.e.: Parts and maintenance are major profit centers for the ICE ( infernal combustion ) auto industry.

    2. sven says:

      Oil change intervals are up to 10,000 miles now and it’s easy enough to do it yourself for $25. Catalytic convertors now have a minimum 8 year/80,00 mile warranty courtesy of the EPA. What’s the difference hassle-wise between going to get an emissions check and going to the Nissan dealer for a mandatory annual battery check?

      Just sayin’

      1. James says:

        BIG DIFFERENCE , Sven! A contemporary gasoline-powered automobile has around 400 parts in it’s engine alone. Compare that to one moving part in an electric car’s propulsion unit. Each and every one of those parts is susceptible to failure and replacement. Whether such work is covered by a factory warranty, extended warranty, or not covered at all is all cause of stress and concern for the modern-day car buyer.

        I can’t count the times I’ve stressed over family budget, to do that needed brake job or buy Christmas gifts, etc., etc. These are big expenses thrust upon us by conventional cars that are much less of a concern to those using regen to lessen brake wear, and those who don’t have hundreds of complex thermostats, filters and gizmos to replace.

        You glaze over the details to make your point.

        1. James says:

          My brother-in-law actually sold his VW Passat wagon far before he naturally would do so because the cost of the catalytic converter was actually about as much as the entire car was worth! That’s right – amazing, huh?!

          His regular commute is 100 miles per day roundtrip on an American Interstate Highway ( or freeway, to us ). He works at Boeing Aircraft Corp. making 747s in the world’s largest building ( by interior volume ). Since his daily drive is at 60-70mph, the wear and tear on the car was far less than on cars that do a lot of in-city, stop-and-go traffic duty. So his Passat had higher than average miles on the odometer, but the lifespan of his cat convertor had reached it’s limit.

          He actually didn’t go electric, and purchased a Jetta diesel ( He’s a big VW fan ). Now he is regretting that choice, as he is experiencing around 40mpg but maintenance costs have been higher than average.

          1. sven says:

            Sorry to hear about your brother’s car problems. Everyone I know who has owned a VW, spent a fortune in repairs. They are very unreliable vehicles that constantly break down. However, practically everyone I know who bought a Japanese car, including myself, think they are very reliable and very low maintenance. The last three Japanese cars in my family have all gone 250,000+ hard city miles and needed nothing more than oil changes and basic maintenance. Full disclosure, I own a Volt and a Toyota ICE. From here on out, it’s nothing but BEVs and PHEVs for me.

            But you’ve always got to watch out for mechanic trying to rip you off. I’ve done all of the regular maintenance on my cars and some repairs just for the peace of mind knowing that I did it right, rather than taking it to a mechanic who might half-ass the job because he was in a rush.

            I’m a little worried that if and when my EV does need repairs, I won’t have a clue what’s wrong and how to fix it. Pretty much the only one qualified to diagnose and repair the car will be the dealership, which is always a costly endeavor after the warranty runs out.