Norway, A Leading Example Of Electric Vehicle Adoption – Video

2 years ago by Mark Kane 26

New passenger BEV registrations in Norway – October 2015

New passenger BEV registrations in Norway – October 2015

Renault-Nissan Alliance released a new video presenting Norway as a leading example of EV adoption.

We all see the high market share EVs have in Norway – an order of magnitude larger than other EV-friendly countries.

The video above is fairly informative, and shows what constitutes such a high adoption rate.

“Norway has one of the cleanest energy grids in the world, with 95% of its electricity coming from renewable sources. Today, at least 60,000 Norwegians drive an electric vehicle. Nearly one in four new cars sold in Norway is electric. That makes this Scandinavian country one of the top markets in the world for zero-emission driving.

How did Norway become one of the world’s leading examples of EV adoption? To find out, watch this video to find out the key measures taken by Norway to make EVs a success.”

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26 responses to "Norway, A Leading Example Of Electric Vehicle Adoption – Video"

  1. RexxSee says:

    Nice! All countries could do the same.

    1. wavelet says:

      All countries? Really?
      Hydroelectric is the only renewable generation source with relatively little investment needed… Few countries have a grid with that level of hydroelectric generation %. Quebec, as André mentions, & BC in Canada do (and it’s a shame BC doesn’t promote EVs, espe. suitable gived nthe mild climate unlike Quebec and concentration of population in one small region); Oregon & Washington in the US.
      Iceland, Austria, New Zealand & Brazil as well.
      Otherwise, have a look at the list below — virtually all the leading countries are undeveloped, so not really relevant.

      1. Djoni says:

        Very true, but if not hydro they can build more RE with the next cheapest one*, solar, and also implementing new construction rule and phase out old energy draining technology.

        * Even hydro damn doesn’t come cheap and some analyst suggest that solar is sometime a better deal.

      2. AlphaEdge says:

        BC offers $5,000 for EV purchases, and it’s offered at the time of sale. It’s not a tax rebate. So they are doing something.

  2. andre says:

    where is Germany or Canada,or even Quebec !!with the cleanest grid on earth…..(0.4% EVs) and the same cool climate……???

    1. Alaa says:

      Currently Germany makes more than 30% of the electricity from renewable energy. Mostly wind in the Baltic sea and solar. If they switch to car electrification then they will need many folds of what they are using now. The remaining 70% or so that they have come from LNG from Putin. The Dutch hate the Germans The Norwegians too. Germany has a huge problem to maintain its current state knowing full well that the world will switch to electric and it can’t do much about it.

      1. Seth says:

        The dutch goverment has had research done on the impact on the energy grid of having all the cars switched from petrol to electric.

        Turns out that this would entail a 15-20% increase in total electricity consumption. That is a far cry from the “many folds”

        To be fair, even if we wanted to, we couldn’t switch all cars to electric overnight. This is a process that takes 10-20 years on average before cars are replaced.

        People seem to get into a huff when something in the electricity grid needs to be changed for the purpose of electric cars, but in all reality the grid has always been a moving target in that respect.

        If you compare the electricity usage of the electric cars to the amount the industry needs it is a tiny amount by comparison.

        It’s a good thing that power usage has come unto the radar in general, it’s slowly leveling out and getting out of the 7% increase a year in consumption. (a doubling every 10 years). It’s not something you can keep up.

      2. meh says:

        Only 10% of Germany’s electricity comes from gas (just use google). If you switched all 53 Million cars in Germany to electric you’d need 20% more electricity (at an average of 15000 km per year and 20 kWh/100 km).

      3. AlphaEdge says:

        In Canada:

        British Columbia offers $5,000 for an EV.

        Quebec also offers a rebate of up to $8,000 for an EV, and $1,000 for a charging station.

        Ontario offers up to $8,500 for an EV.

    2. Mikael says:

      Germany has very dirty electricity so they will need to address that too while transforming into an EV-based country. They are at about 1% sales of EVs but that number will increase very fast in the coming years, they don’t have choice even though they have been very reluctant toward EVs.

  3. sveno says:

    * Norway, A Leading Example Of Electric Vehicle Subsidisation

    1. sveno says:

      Or more accurately – A Leading Example of very high vehicle (except EV) taxation.

      1. James says:


        We should definitely make cars pay a fairer share of the damage they do to the environment.

        1. Three Electrics says:

          Agreed. Externalization of costs is a huge loophole in current capitalist societies. A tax on carbon is necessary ASAP.

          1. heisenberght says:

            “Externalization of costs is a huge loophole in current capitalist societies”

            And please include cost of nuclear waste deposition into electricity prices 😉

        2. J.Doe says:

          As a Norwegian, I know the negative impact high taxes on cars and fuel has for the economy of people and businesses.
          A VW Caravelle as a passenger car costs about 100 000 euros/dollars. I need a car that big to transport my family. That cost is money I need to get from somewhere. My employer or my customers. I pay about 170 dollars to fill up the tank. 1 hour labour at a VW dealer costs me about 230 dollars.
          That cost is an example of one thing that makes Norway the most expensive country in the world.
          When transportation cost a lot, the cost is spread over all products that is transported. That means that everything gets more expensive. Companies are less competitive then foreign countries with lower transportation costs. Add a few thousand dollars in toll roads, parking and so on – and you will understand why there are almost ONLY niche producers in Norway. Either highly automated or highly specialiced. The rest of the companies live of oil companies or the government.
          Manufacturers of shoes/clothing does not exist in Norway. We don’t make car tires, TVs, Cars, washing machines, fridges or other everyday goods. With a few exeptions maybe..
          Tesla sales in Norway are benefits only for the rich. They usually have a BMW X6 or a Range Rover as well.

          I could buy 5 cheap gasoline cars for a lower price then a new VW Caravelle.The taxes are higher then the price for two standard electric cars (Leaf), or 3,5 Peugeot Ion..
          I find that very wrong, since the Caravelle is used only by families with children (as a passenger car). There are no electric alternative. So young families have to drive really old, and unsafe Caravelles. Unless they have a very good job. My Caravelle is 22 years old. I have no ABS breakes, no airbags, no ESP. . no nothing.

          We have to replace the car soon. The choice in another old (and less safe Caravelle..), or a huge minibus (only 20% tax), or an electric car and drive 2 trips every time everybody in the family have to travel to the same place. Or we can buy to small fairly cheap gasoline/diesel cars. But gets two insurances, more expensive to drive with two cars, more maintenance, dobbel road tolls..
          I thing normal car prices, and keep incentives for electic cars would be better.
          We have among the oldest cars in Europe. Old = unsafe.

          1. Emanuel says:

            Have you considered the Nissan e-NV200 Evalia? It has 7 seats and it’s about the same price as a Nissan Leaf.


            There’s also the Tesla Model S with the optional rear facing seats (only suitable for children) and the Model X, but those are more expensive alternatives, of course.

      2. Sondre says:

        Precisely. And other countries can do the same. Higher taxes on fossil cars, lower taxes on work.

  4. Just_Chris says:

    F*** me! Norway are intending to cut their emissions by 40% by 2030! That is seriously impressive for a country with so much RE. Mean while Australia, which is essentially coal powered, is promising 28% what a joke. I know they made all their money in oil, but seriously, this is impressive.

    1. AlphaEdge says:

      Norway’s Oil Fund is around one trillion US dollars! That a lot of oil money to invest in EVs!

      1. Sondre says:

        It is a pension fund. It actually to small, so no, we are not going to use it for EVs.

  5. kubel says:

    The leading example should be a region that sees the most EV adoption with the least government manipulation. EVs shouldn’t be the USPS or Amtrak of the world. You shouldn’t have to tax gas cars 100% and tax EVs at 0%.

    Let the technology mature and allow the market to switch to it naturally. There’s no need to require people to spend all of this money so they will adopt a technology that isn’t ready. Even if it was successful, using the force of the state to influence the market is incredibly costly and inefficient.

    Yes, I said EV technology “Isn’t Ready”. 75-100 mile EVs aren’t what people want. 200+ will be the tipping point at which people accept them without government forcing them to. Just be patient and let it happen naturally. We are almost there.

    1. Mikael says:

      You’re totally wrong. Government manipulation is very important to get the desired change.

      Putting a 100% tax on gas cars costs nothing, it increases the governments funds which can be spent on socially beneficial things.

      Letting a market mature on its own is very inefficient. A totally capitalistic market don’t strive toward any kind of progress it only strives toward the largest profit. A government push in the right direction will force the market to respond and accelerate the progress in a way they would not have done naturally.

      If every state would have done like Norway we would have affordable 400+ miles EVs yesterday and a lot cleaner air.

    2. Sondre says:

      You miss one point; the goal are not EVs, it is less emisions. Since the majority of the norwegian people want cleaner air, we support the ones willing to use and take the risks with inmature technology. When a market establish, more money are going to research, massproduction starts, and we got a solution. When the technology are mature, we tax the hell out of the old technology, or just ban it.

  6. Tess1988 says:

    What they could do in Australia or any country is when you buy a ev that you get some money or a rebate if you also buy solar panels as well within 6 months and maybe for homes you get free electricity from the grid up to 10kwh etc. per day for 3 years

    Also when you do your tax there could be something like $1000US x3(solar/ev/battery) per year which expires after 4 years so you could save up to $12000 so get a rebate on your next ev or solar panels (could be handy if you move)

    1. Martin T. says:

      Exactly my PV system is already paid off – so if I charge the Volt on a sunny day I can drive for free and no net load at all on the Grid.

      Stick that Hydrogen Fool cells.

      Nice one – Norway to be leading by example.
      One thing though – do there EV’s have extra heaters? Actually using fuel to make heat would be the most efficient. As using conventional fuels mean looses / energy in heat, not actually to propel the vehicle.