Norway: 50,000 Electric Cars Registered And Counting

APR 21 2015 BY MARK KANE 18

Number of registrations of new all-electric passenger cars in Norway – March 2015

Number of registrations of new all-electric passenger cars in Norway – March 2015

Norway just passed the 50,000 all-electric car registrations this week!

The 50,000th car was a new Tesla Model S 85D, and was affixed with a “EL60000” plate to mark the occasion – which probably would have made more sense as “EL 50000”, but the series started at 10000, so you take what you can get.

Tesla represented the second most popular model in Norway this year with 4.3% market share!

In total EVs stand for some 20% passenger car registrations this year and nearly 2% of all cars on the roads in Norway!

Hitting the level of 50,000 registrations does bring some concerns about future generous incentives for all-electric cars, as that program is now available to be reviewed.

Fortunately, the incentives do not terminate at 50k, but it does leave the door open for Norway’s Parliament to one again decide about electric vehicle’s exemptions from VAT, free tolls and parking on most municipal parkings.

source:, NRK

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How about a slow controlled ramp down of incentives. You are encouraging ev adoption for a reason. Don’t kill the momentum.


+1 too. The most reasonable response would be to change the perks, but of course impose a new, small purchase tax.

For some time we’ve been told that Norway’s bus lanes cannot cope with traffic.

I think removing driving in bus lanes and maybe getting rid of free charging are bound to happen, although not the most flexible. Hopefully, being the Scandinavians they are, they’ll be clever about this.

Fees or subscriptions to use the bus lane, exclusive to new plug-in owners, maybe? A Mexico-City like scheme that would, based on their number plates, prohibit some plug-ins from using the bus lanes for one day and others on another and so on, maybe?

Now this is some thic’-headed Irish man talking. Either they will hopefully do something way better than my guesses, way better than the cancellation of all incentives, or they will really look like they’re letting their reputation slide.

I’d first get an economist to do a deep analysis of the benefits of being carbon free transporation.

1) of course, Pollution. These EV’s displace a certain amount of pollution themselves, but also lower pollution from the gas-carbon infrastructure, which does not need to be expanded.
2) lower noise.
3) Norway oil production projecting a deep slide after 2017. Does Norway want to have to import oil?
4) Norway sales lower the unit cost of Nissan and Tesla vehicles, making it possible for both to sell more at lower numbers, to more citizens of Norway.
5) Can you imagine a nation that has quiet clean cities?

A controlled ramp down would be great and could boost sales just before every deadline for the next down-step.

On the other hand, they could start to limit the tax excemption to certain battery sizes / driving range in relation to the cars price to encourage manufacturers to offer cars with bigger batteries in the low- and midprice segment.

My inner engineer cannot help but point out that EL60000 would be car # 50001 if the series started at EL10000 😉

Engineers should celebrate it as “over 50000 EVs” 😉

Exactly! I was going to add this comment, but then I saw your comment.


Ahhh. You think the first plate given out was 10000 and not 10001?

I guess our depends on how you interpret “series starts at”. 🙂

With 25% of new car sales in Norway being EV’s I wonder if its starting to effect gas stations there.

Norway, the country that generates the HIGHEST amount of electronic waste per capita by weight is also the one that buys the most EVs…

I guess Norway will retain its E-waste generation crown for years to come….

They’re also one of three countries to hunt whales – defying the international ban. Over 700 were killed during their four-month hunt last year. The best part, they have problems selling the meat due to a lack of demand and contamination. But that doesn’t matter because it’s heavily subsidized by the government. Way to go Norway.

This proves that if the incentives are right – people are willing to buy EVs.

Also, if Tesla sells so well when the model S is half priced by incentives, it is good news for the upcoming model 3.

Before we get all mushy about Model 3 which for all intents and purposes does not yet even exist on paper. How about getting the Model X out the door already!! It’s what now, two years?? behind it’s original launch timeframe?

They promised by around this Fall.
Lets let reality answer your question.

Also, With the X it’s not like the future of the company depends on it. For the 3 it is.

When does the world start evaluating electric waste? Before we all jump into this new transportation method, shouldn’t we be evaluating whether this truely is an atmospheric improvement or not.

Norway seem to be doing exceptionally well with the take-up of electric cars. I hope that the parliament do not vote to change the current level of incentives as we really need to see these incentives continued in order to further support the take-up of this type of vehicle. In the UK there is currently a £5000 government backed incentive to the purchase of all new EV’s see, as well as other incentives such as free road tax and congestion charge exemption throughout London. As well as the cheaper running costs one of the main benefits in the UK on the tax benefits especially those that help businesses offset the capital invested in their fleet vehicles against profits. This also will proved to be a significant turning point for electric vehicles and their take-up as more and more companies will see these benefits and decide to switch to this type of vehicle.