- China leads the world in the sheer number of electric cars. But nowhere is the market share of EVs as high as in Norway.
- The northern European state has already been promoting the drive type for almost ten years. Owners of locally emission-free cars enjoy many privileges there, such as free parking and use of the bus lane.
- In the country, the climate balance of the e-drive is already excellent. More than 98 percent of electricity there comes from renewable sources.
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Norway has been setting an impressive pace in the transition to electric mobility for years. In 2013, e-cars still had a market share of around six percent in the Scandinavian country. That may not sound like much at first. But by international standards, it was an impressive figure. In Germany, the share was a negligible 0.2 percent at the time.
In 2020, the Stromer led for the first time
Since then, of course, a lot has happened in Germany. In 2020, electric cars already accounted for 6.7 percent of new registrations in the Federal Republic. Compared to the previous year, that’s an increase of a whopping 207 percent. And yet the Scandinavians still lead the world in per capita terms. At the beginning of January, the Norwegian Road Transport Association then announced the big breakthrough: in 2020, for the first time, more electric cars were newly registered than classic combustion engines. The total number of new registrations was around 76,800, which corresponds to an impressive 54.3 percent. No other country came close to this figure. Admittedly, the relatively sparsely populated country with its 5.3 million inhabitants has an easier time in many respects setting the course for a cleaner future. Nevertheless, the strong political will to leave the age of the internal combustion engine behind as quickly as possible is impressive.
E-cars enjoy some privileges
The Conservative government announced back in 2016 that only pure e-cars would be allowed to be registered from 2025. Quite surprising, after all, the extraction of oil and natural gas is still one of the largest sources of revenue in the coastal state. However, according to information from the German Ministry of Economics, the amount extracted has now dropped significantly. While it was still 163 million tons in 2001, “only” 84 million tons were extracted from the seabed in 2018. The attractiveness of electric cars has been artificially increased in Norway for years with the help of a number of privileges. For example, they are allowed to use the bus lanes and drive on the toll freeways for free. The government also waives import duties and vehicle taxes for electric vehicles, and municipalities usually allow vehicles without local emissions to park in public spaces for free.
Fewer charging stations than expected
Paradoxically, however, Norway is relatively poor in terms of public charging infrastructure. In the Scandinavian country, there are about 23 electric cars per charging station, which leads to high utilization and sometimes even to queues. By way of comparison, according to Berylls, a consulting firm active in the automotive sector, Germany, which is supposedly lagging behind in this area, has only nine electric cars per publicly accessible charging station. And yet Norwegians are readily switching to the state-owned e-cars. No wonder, after all, this type of drive makes perfect sense in the Scandinavian country, not least for climate protection reasons. In Norway, the share of renewable energies in the electricity mix is already over 98 percent. The country is a global leader in wind and hydroelectric power in particular.
The VW Group plays right at the front
The e-car boom is therefore likely to continue. The lobby group “Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association” expects the market share to rise to around 65 percent this year. Incidentally, the German auto industry is also benefiting from this development. In 2020, the Audi e-tron electric SUV was Norway’s best-selling car. And Volkswagen’s compact electric hopeful ID.3 also stormed straight to third place in the registration statistics in its first year of sales. And this despite the fact that it was only delivered from September.
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