In April, Norway Will Become First Nation in the World Where 1 Out of Every 100 Vehicles Are Electric

MAR 20 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 12

Prices in Norway in Norwegian krone - Norway electric vehicles

Prices in Norway in Norwegian krone

Sometime in April, Norway will become the first nation in the world to be able to boast that 1 out of every 100 automobiles on its roads are pure electric.

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EV sales in Norway – 2013

As NPR points out:

“One percent may not sound like a huge figure, but in the U.S., the equivalent number would be something close to .07 percent.”

So, we’ve got a long way to go to catch Norway.

According to NPR:

“Popular electric vehicles in Norway include the Think and Buddy, which are both produced by Norwegian car makers, as well as Nissan’s Leaf and Tesla models.”

Norway’s drive to 1% began years ago when the nation had its own EV makers.  Norway began offering tremendous incentives to get buyers into EVs.

“The big one: no taxes. In a country where taxes can double or even triple a car’s purchase price, that’s huge.”

States NPR.

The days of buying homegrown EVs in Norway are now mostly long gone.  As Transport Minister Ketil Solvik-Olsen explains, that’s a plus as most of the early EVs were “tiny, kind of plastic cars seating two people, where you would freeze to death during the wintertime.”

Today’s EVs come mostly from the major automakers and now they’re real automobiles.  And Norwegians love them even more.

Source: NPR

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12 Comments on "In April, Norway Will Become First Nation in the World Where 1 Out of Every 100 Vehicles Are Electric"

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Go Norway!

Agreed, go Norway. It dovetails into Norway’s %98 of total electrical power from hydopower.

Its worth talking about for what the relationship is between percentage of sale and percentage of total cars on the road. For example, we in the USA are bobbling about %1 of sales here for electric cars, and eventually that translates to %1 of all cars. I.e, there is a lag from total sales to total cars on the road.

I would say that it is more important to watch the sales numbers than to watch the total cars on the road figure. The former is going to dictate the latter given some amount of time

Well… both numbers are important. The total cars on the road is what makes a difference for the environment.
1% is a big number for EV’s but a small number in total. To be able to make a difference you need to address the cars on the road today also by adding biofuels, improving public transport etc. etc.

A everage human buys a new car every 6-7 years. At the moment the US is around 0.7% EV of all cars sold. This means the US is a minimum of 6-7 years behind compared to norway.

Wow! 1% of all vehicles on the road, not just a market sales percentage.

For US with 254 million vehicles this would need to be 2.54 million EVs. Perhaps by 2020?

Note: US EV sales in 2013 were ~3.5% of the 15.5 million new vehicles sold.

Sorry dude but it was only around 0.35% in 2013.

Meanwhile, Norway continue to be one of the world’s largest oil exporters. Ironic?

The best pushers, are never users. 😉

Not ironic, smart. Don’t get high on your own supply.

How is it that Norway has more EV choices than me? I live in California, land of the compliance car.

If California offers the same kind of discount that Norway is, the hottest selling model in CA will NOT be a Prius.

If California offers this:

1. No sales tax on EV. That is 8.5% to 9% saving on top.
2. No registeration fee. That is another $400-$500 per year.
3. HOV access. Already do.
4. Free toll on bridges and bus lanes usage in cities. That is a huge saving for commuters in the SF Bay Area.
5. Increase sales tax by about 15% on all non EVs.

Then BEV sales will take off instantly in CA as well.

Great Points! The government could make a huge impact if they chose to adjust policy.