37% Of New Car Sales In Norway Are EVs, Could Be 100% By 2025


Originally published on CleanTechnica.

Around 37% of all new personal vehicles sold in Norway last month were plug-in electric vehicles, according to recent reports.

That impressive figure didn’t just arrive out of nowhere, of course, the plug-in electric vehicle market in Norway has been growing rapidly in recent years — mostly as a result of the strong incentives for those who purchase and use electric vehicles (most notably free toll roads, exemption from a 25% VAT tax on new car purchases, access to bus lanes, and free parking) combined with EV technology maturing, a broad range of competitive EV options, and decades of EV awareness raising in Norway.

The better explain the effect of these incentives, it’s worth noting here that 5% of Norway’s cars are now electric, up from around 1% two years ago and nearly 0% before the incentives were on offer. (There are now 100,00 zero-emissions vehicles on the country’s roads.)

With recent trends in mind, Norway’s transportation minister recently publicly stated that it was “realistic” that sales of new internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles could cease in the country by 2025.

The Economist provides some further background: “Norway first introduced tax perks to boost the electric-car market in the 1990s. But sales only sparked in the past 5 years or so after slicker vehicles with better batteries appeared. Now the country’s 5 million citizens constitute the most developed national market for electric cars anywhere. Christina Bu, who heads the country’s association for electric cars, expects 400,000 electric-only vehicles on the roads by 2020, and predicts 70% of new sales will be of zero-emission cars. As range increases and price falls, demand will rise faster.”

Another factor that will no doubt greatly help to increase electric vehicle adoption rates in the country is the improving availability of charging stations. One of the primary barriers to large-scale electric vehicle adoption is the fact that fast-charging stations aren’t as common as gas stations. As this changes, adoption rates should increase. This is particularly a problem in Norway, where many people live in apartments and don’t have access to private garages.


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Images via Elbil.no

Reprinted with permission.

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  • trackdaze

    There doesn’t need to be anywhere near the amount of charging stations as gas stations as greater than 80% of charging is done at home.

    • GregS

      While I agree that many will charge at home, there will be many that are unable to do so. You might actually need a greater number for those that cannot charge at home, as even fast chargers take over 30 minutes, so each charger cannot serve as many people as a gas pump.
      Many years from now, it might not be as big an issue if businesses offer charging at work, or grocery stores offer charging while you shop etc.

      • trackdaze

        With >80% able to charge at home or work and >90% of charging achieved currently via these means. That significantly changes the metrics.

        For the rest? The existing 16000+ public charging stations is growing at 30% per annum before you add the 2billion from our friends at VW.

  • GregS

    So what happens if they go 100%? Does that mean it will be illegal to sell an ICE in Norway? What happens if somebody buy a vehicle in another country and brings it back? Will they refuse to register it? Will they get to the point where even tourists are not allowed to drive their ICE into the country? Will be interesting to see how this all pans out.