In Norway, There’s 1 Electric Vehicle Per Every 142 Norwegians

JUL 15 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 14

Nissan LEAF In Bus Lane In Norway

Nissan LEAF In Bus Lane In Norway

Tesla Jens With Two Of His Tesla Roadsters In Norway

Tesla Jens With Two Of His Tesla Roadsters In Norway

The numbers have been tallied: Norway is now home to 35,000-plus electric vehicles.

With a population of only 5 million, Norway’s 35,000-plus electric vehicles is an impressive figure.  Here’s why:

  • Electric vehicles represent 14.5% of new vehicle sales
  • There’s one electric vehicle per every 143 people in Norway

For comparative purposes, there are approximately 50,000 electric vehicles in California, where the vehicle population is roughly 20 million, meaning that one out of every 400 automobiles on the road in California are of the electric variety.

Additionally, California has a population of 38 million, or approximately 7.6 times the population of Norway.  So, to match Norway’s one electric vehicle per every 143 residents, California would need ~ 266,000 electric vehicles on its roads.

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14 Comments on "In Norway, There’s 1 Electric Vehicle Per Every 142 Norwegians"

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ffbj

So then CA has less than 100k ev’s on the road?

Ocean Railroader

I think in order for California to get to these high numbers in terms of numbers of EV’s per people Nissan along with every other car maker that makes a pure EV would have to at least make 5000 to 8000 EV’s every 30 days to get to these high numbers over a few years. Not to mention California would also have to put in 20,000 fast chargers to support all of them.

Bill Guthrie

There’s no reason to build charging stations because my invention lets electric cars go 500+ miles without stopping to charge. Once you reach between 10-20 miles per hour it’s starts charging battery and running all electronics. Air induction charging and storage system.

Cavaron

So… the EV is on the Bus-lane but not the Bus?

Mikael

The bus is not even there… It says “Ikke in trafikk = not in trafic”, and I see trafic so the bus must be somewhere else.

Ceci n’est pas une bus.

Rob Stark

IF CA had oil exports proportional to Norway’s Californians might be wealthy enough where supermarket clerks with 10 years experience could buy a Model S and have one BEV per every 142 Californians.

Rain Power

A drizzle of excuses.

Norway lacks Hollywood, Silicon Valley and a large population but has to make the best of what there is for better and for worse.

Going for EV seems to be strategic and a massive investment for future benefit. It is well in line with past history of sophisticated use of technology.

Look at their history when it comes to oil & gas technology, contributions within mobile phones, adaptation of computer and internet into their economy.

That country is a brain megapower!

Richard Needham

I totally agree.

Mikael

The oil money go more or less straight into a state owned fund. So they don’t use the oil money, they just save it on pile for a rainy day.

The richness comes from other things than oil. 🙂

Dude

The good Norwegian economy is due to oil. I work in the Norwegian oil industry myself.

The irony is that while the EV market is growing, the oil we’re pumping will be required for years to come. 1-2 billion people shall be lifted from poverty to middle class living over the next 20-30 years, and they want cars, stuff that’s transported back and forth and so on.

I believe EVs have come to stay, but Jebus, the world is gonna want oil a whole lot longer.

Mr. M

To set this even more in stone:

Norway passenger Cars registered: 2.5 million
California passenger Cars registered: ~23.2 million

Roughly 9 times of cars, but not even double the number of EVs…

Norwegian Number come close to 1.5% of all cars on the road are EVs!

You could probably find some county in California with a population close to 5 million and a much better EV %

John Doe
It ALL has to do with the INSANE prices of new cars in Norway, and we have had a labour government (for decades)that sees cars as a way of getting a lot of tax money. Nat a way for people to get from A to B, fast, safe and cheap. 1. Look at the size of cars we drive in Norway. Heavy cars get high tax. A Suburban type of car would cost more then a Porche in the US. The most sold car is a VW Golf. Usually with a roof box to fit all the stuff we don’t have room for in the Golf to begin with.. in most of the country we need 4×4 in the winter, and to handle the transportation needs. Many end up with a tiny Suzuki 4×4.. that you could almost fit in the back of a regular US SUV, and still have room for some shopping bags. 2. Look at the tiny tiny engines we have in our cars. Usually a small diesel engine or a 1.0 – 1.4 liter gasoline engine. None of those are usually available in the US at all. The same model of car is sold in the… Read more »
Phr3d

Thanks John for an alternative report and view – not very different from everywhere else, in my opinion, other than all the Norwegian rich people are buying electric 3rd cars instead of 8mpg supercars and 4 ton awd behemoths.
As always, common sense would dictate that the first vehicle get tax breaks with the third car costing a ton in taxes if they are even justified – don’t see that happening in my lifetime Anywhere on the planet. Good luck.