90% of new cars sold in Norway are now electric or plug-in hybrids

For those who noticed Will Ferrell taunt Norway in GM’s Tremendous Bowl advert for electric automobiles, you already know that the Scandinavian nation sells much more EVs per capita than the U.S. New stats present how far they’re forward of the remainder of the world: In September, nine out of every 10 new automobiles bought in Norway have been both electric or plug-in hybrids. Eight out of 10 have been absolutely electric.

Within the U.S., EV gross sales are rapidly climbing, however nonetheless solely make up round 5% of whole gross sales. Within the U.Ok., in September, electric and plug-in hybrid automobiles made up 21% of gross sales. In China, as of August, EVs made up 19% of gross sales.

Norway’s a frontrunner in half as a result of it acquired an early begin in adopting coverage to assist electric automobiles. In an odd bit of historic trivia, the Norwegian synth-pop band A-ha played a role, working with an environmental group to stage publicity stunts with electric cars in the Eighties. By 1990, the nation handed a regulation exempting EVs from import taxes. Later, different legal guidelines adopted that gave EVs extra tax incentives, a cross from paying tolls on toll roads, free rides on ferries, entry to bus lanes, and free metropolis parking, which was later phased out.


The insurance policies didn’t have a lot impression, initially, as a result of there have been nonetheless few electric cars out there on the market. However that began to alter after Tesla launched. The nation additionally invested closely in charging infrastructure, and by 2017, began a program so as to add at the very least two charging stations each 30 miles or so, on each main highway in the nation.

In 2012, electric and plug-in hybrid cars made up simply 3% of new automotive gross sales in Norway. By 2019, that had jumped to 56%. Now, the nation desires to get to 100% EV gross sales by 2025—and it’d truly succeed. The Norwegian Vehicle Federation not too long ago reported that if previous tendencies proceed, it’s attainable that the final fossil fuel-powered car in Norway could be sold as quickly as next year. To get on monitor for local weather objectives, the remainder of the world should catch up. Below present insurance policies, in accordance with a new report from the U.S. Vitality Data Administration, the U.S. won’t meet targets for lowering emissions from transportation.