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


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 responses to "In Norway, There’s 1 Electric Vehicle Per Every 142 Norwegians"
  1. ffbj says:

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

  2. Ocean Railroader says:

    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.

    1. Bill Guthrie says:

      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.

  3. Cavaron says:

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

    1. Mikael says:

      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.

  4. Rob Stark says:

    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.

    1. Rain Power says:

      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!

      1. Richard Needham says:

        I totally agree.

    2. Mikael says:

      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. 🙂

      1. Dude says:

        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.

  5. Mr. M says:

    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!

  6. kdawg says:

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

  7. John Doe says:

    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 US with a V6 or similar, and with at least twice the engine power as the tiny engines we get. Larger and more powerful engines cost a LOT more. You can buy a VW Golf for more then 125000 US dollars, as long as the engine is powerful enough.

    3. Most roads in central areas are not capable of handeling the traffic loads. People must spend an extra hour or two a day.. just getting to and from work. With no traffic it would take 20 minutes or so..
    That almost empty bus lane is tempting, and the police just loved to give fines to those who used it. . and Norwegian fines are expensive.. just like cars.
    Spend money on better roads is often not an option, and if they do it is toll roads. Even though the government get about 10 billion dollars in car related taxes a year – in a country with 5 million people. In the US that would be like 600 billion dollars a year. If people bought tiny cars like in Norway. If they all buy the F150 they would have to pay trillions in taxes each year.

    4. We have one of Europes oldest fleet of cars. My car is 21 years old. That VW Caravelle have no airbags, no ABS, no ESP, no AC.. no nothing.. just 57kw of “raw” naturally aspirated diesel power..

    5. Then comes the electrical cars along as a novelty. The politicians wants to trick the public into thinking they care about the environment. At the same period, a Norwegian EV car was in production. Anyway.. all these cars looked strange, were usually two seaters and had no safety equipment, no comfort equipment and no way of storing more that two shopping bags. Oh year.. very low speed AND short driving distance.
    The politicians said no taxes, free parking, free ferry crossings, can drive in bus lane and no road taxes either.
    Then came Tesla, selling at 50% of what it would cost. Comfortable, safe, good looking, fast and people felt they could stick it to the man if they got one. No taxes for me..
    So the result is that only the richest people in Norway drives EV cars, and it is usually their 3rd car. They use it to drive to and from work in the bus lane, with no road toll, free parking, free charging and so on. And lower income families have to continue to drive in their 15+ year old cars and pay road charged, parking, no bus lane and so on.

    People should be able to buy at least 1 car tax free – EV or ICE, in order to get newer safer cars.

    In the last 3-4 years some people have demonstrated by not taking a drivers license, not buying cars and hence they do not pay any car related taxes at all.

    The goverment has started to calculate how many billions they loose each year in taxes and are about to prohibit EVs from driving in the bus lane, they have to start to pay to charge some places and free parking will soon be a thing of the past.. just in time, so the general public will not get the benefits. The EV sales are still growing, and we will reach the number of EV cars before the deadline. I’m not sure what will happen then. I guess hybrids, hydrogen cars and others will be cheaper and EVs will be a bit more expensive. But people will still buy some. Low fuel cost, low mainenance cost.. quiet, quick..

    1. Phr3d says:

      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.