Norway leads the charge for electric car adoption
There’s been more of an uptake in electric cars in Norway than anywhere else and by quite the margin too. With a range of benefits and incentives available to electric car drivers in Norway, it's no wonder so many people are making the switch to alternative fuel.
Electric vehicle registrations as a proportion of overall market (in the first three months of 2016):
- Norway: 24.4%
- Netherlands: 1.8%
- France: 1.5%
- UK: 1.3%
- Germany: 0.7%
Norway is the clear leader with almost a quarter of new car registrations being electric and this is thanks to a number of different factors.
Most Norwegians only drive short distances so the range concerns over electric cars don’t really apply. Even for those that do driver longer distances, electric cars are creeping up to the 200-mile range mark, which should influence new-sales figures even more.
The influence of the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association
Norway is unique in that its government works closely with non-governmental organisations. The Electric Vehicle Association has been able to speak directly to the people in power to help expand the country’s charging infrastructure.
As a result, the country has a strong network of charging stations, most of which came from a real push on infrastructure over 2009 and 2010. The locations of all of these stations are publicly available online.
Benefits for electric car drivers
Norway also offer some of the best perks for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicle owners. Drivers of these cars can benefit from free parking, exemption from purchasing taxes (which are extremely high in Norway), no charges on toll roads and access to public bus lanes.
There are also all sorts of economic benefits for electric car users including the fact they can be charged at home.
Benefits for the country
While most drivers buy electric cars for the economic benefits, there are plenty more. The country as a whole pumps out fewer emissions, there’s less air and noise pollution, and Norway reduces its reliance on non-renewable energy sources.
100,000 electric cars by 2020
Norway’s parliament met its target of 50,000 zero-emission cars three years early in April 2015. At the end of the year there were 70,000 of the vehicles on the road. The next official goal is to reach 100,000 electric cars by 2020 but the Electric Vehicle Association says this is probably too modest.
Norway to ban the sale of fossil fuel cars by 2025
Politicians from both sides of the spectrum in Norway, seem to agree that 100 percent of Norwegian cars should be running on green energy by 2025. They’re not alone in this conclusion with The Netherlands soon following suit and even Germany – the heart of the European car industry – has called for a similar rule to be put in place by 2030.
Electric car sales are growing over the world and soon other countries could be catching Norway.
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