Norway has already achieved a huge acceptance of electromobility since it is the tangible example that electric cars are not only the future but also the present of transport.
Nearly 77,000 electric vehicles were registered in Norway in 2020, accounting for 54% of all new vehicles. This number does not include plug-in hybrids, which aggregated bring the share of electric cars close to 75%!
The trend of total electrification continued this year: in March 2021, 56% of all new cars sold were purely battery electric. Despite the small population of 5.4 million inhabitants, Norway ranks fourth in the world in the number of electric vehicle sales and the first in per capita sales.
The excitement about electric cars goes way back in Norway. As early as the 1970s, Strømmens Verksted began experimenting with electric vehicles, and later ABB Battery Drives developed an engine, which was used on a trial basis in a VW Golf Citystromer in 1989.
This was followed by a series of real-world tests on the possibility of using electric cars from 1990 to 1999, but government support for e-mobility actually increased 30 years ago.
At that time, the Bellona Foundation’s environmental team and the Aha band’s pop stars launched an initiative to abolish charges for electric cars, which received majority support in 1990. Since then, electric cars have become an increasingly frequent sight on the streets of Norway.
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There are nearly 19,000 charging stations across the country, with at least two fast charging stations every 50 kilometers on almost all major roads. There are more than 350 charging stations per 100,000 inhabitants, with the country being in second place in Europe behind the Netherlands, which has 386. For comparison, Germany has about 54 charging stations per 100,000 inhabitants.
In addition to the benefits offered by Norway’s charging infrastructure, most of the country’s electricity comes from hydroelectric plants, making the price of supplying an electric car much lower than that of cars that have internal combustion engines and require fossil fuels.