Electric And Hybrid Vehicles Now Account For Over Half Of Norway’s Car Sales

Last year, electric vehicles and hybrids accounted for 52 per cent of all new car sales in Norway, a significant 12 per cent increase over 2016, Reuters reports.

The key reason for such high demand stems from the generous incentives the Norwegian government offers to EV buyers. Included among these incentives are a variety of tax breaks, free use of many road tolls and often free parking and charging services.

“No one else is close. For the first time, we have a fossil fuel market share below 50 percent,” Norwegian Road Federation (OFV) chief Oeyvind Solberg Thorsen said. “The shift has gone faster than we’d thought, and the big car makers say they’re going all in to produce non-fossil cars.”

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), which excludes hybrid vehicles with small electric motors that can’t be plugged in from its figures, electric car sales in Norway accounted for 39 per cent of the automotive market, easily putting Norway ahead of any other country. In fact, the Netherlands scored second with just 6.4 per cent of its vehicle sales being EVs.


  • Ward

    There are talks now to limit the incentives on EV’s, so it will be interesting to see how this will affect sales when implimented. Also, EV’s in Norway lets you drive in the buslane most places so that is why the sales are so great. With increasing tolls on the roads in and around the major cities, fossil fueled cars are becoming a less viable option for people who need their car in the city.

    • Nick099

      The “incentives” are not incentives at all, really. It’s indirect behavior modification. A strategy developed by Socialists and Fascists (preferred by Fascists) to control the habits of the masses without direct intervention.

      Norway taxes the snot out of cars..a Chevy Camaro v-6 will run over a $150k US.
      So the people will take the crumbs the government gives them…in this case no taxes on hybrids and EV’s….even if the EV’s batteries fail in extreme cold.

      • Jørn-tommy Skjellnes

        A Tesla model x cost less thean a camaro v6, even a mitsubishi pajero cost more than the tesla model s and x, but still i dont care, i dont drive a car because its to expensive.

      • Status

        Because behaviour modification when instructed by capitalists and directed by marketers is any more acceptable? You think those lines you stood in to get your iPhone wasn’t a result of behaviour modification? Get over yourself.

        I also wouldn’t call those cars ‘crumbs the government gives them’. If GM can’t make a compelling car for the demands of the Norwegian market, a wussy and impractical V6 Camaro won’t magically shatter the market. Again, get over yourself.

  • fabri99

    I would say Oslo deserves a Formula E event just for the effort.

    • Nick099

      Perhaps you should take a closer look at Norway…and its limits on personal freedoms.
      You might not like what you find.

      • fabri99

        Well, I don’t see how hosting a motorsport even would have anything to do with freedom in a country (yeah, talking to you Vlad). Still, I’ve always seen Norway as an advanced country, so… what are you referring to? I’m genuinely interested, as I don’t know much about Norway politics and society.

        • jarooo4

          He is reffering to the fact that in Norway (like in many other countries in Europe) the government tells you what to do.

          Lets put in in this way. Someone tells you that a slice of bread costs $1500 whlie a poison to kill yourself only $1. That’s your free choice and that’s how Norway car market works.You would like to buy a nice sporty gasoline car but it costs shitload of money compared to a shitty bland electric car. And they say to you “well yeah, you have a choice mate”.
          Europe is under influence of leftist politics. It’s all about social rights, equality and ideals detached from reality.

          • Jørn-tommy Skjellnes

            And in america u must have a gun, im european and i hate guns.

          • jarooo4

            In the era of politics without reflection about imigrants I think you should start loving guns.

          • Jørn-tommy Skjellnes

            never, better to be killed by a imigrant, than shoot with a gun.

          • jarooo4

            Your choice. I would prefer to protect my property or family than be killed by some primitives.

          • Jørn-tommy Skjellnes

            In norway gun are used in sport and hunting, not killing people, its rarly people get murdered in my country, not even the police are carrying guns 🙂

          • Jørn-tommy Skjellnes

            And by the way, in norway the imigrants have to follow the norwegan rules, if not they have to be sent back to the country where they came from 🙂

          • jarooo4

            Maybe Norway isn’t the worst country in the topic of imigration (like Sweden, Germany or other fcked up countries) but still have some problems.

          • Jørn-tommy Skjellnes

            worst countrys in europe must be turkey,israel and maybe russia. U should think before u say shitty thing abought europe, its one of the moust peaceful place on earth.

      • Jørn-tommy Skjellnes

        Norway isnt that bad as u think. just because cars are expensive doesnt mean that everything are expensive, and we have alot of personal freedoms 🙂

        • Status

          I know you do, but many Americans unfortunately still see the world through “cold war lenses”; that everything can be boiled down a binary system of understanding, and that everything that is different from what they know and shows a different way of living must be wrong or a product of cold war thinking.

          Not all Americans are that broken. The ones that are that broken complain the most, and they are simply to comfortable in their own state of being to realize that they could live better.

      • Status

        Norway has been at the top of the global HDI for the last 7 years. They have the highest standards of living anywhere on earth, and their quality of life is second to none. Their freedom of the press is unmatched, their GDP per capita is greater than that of the USA, and they have the worlds largest sovereign wealth fund aid their own people to continue to maintain their standards of living. They’re the most democratic as per EIU democratic index reports, and they have the least corrupt government on earth.

        Are you sure you’re not confusing Norway with Nigeria? I mean you Americans aren’t terribly good with geography……or you simply don’t know shit.

        But hey, you can chant “U-S-A”. I bet that will make you feel good about how little personal ‘freedums’ in the US in comparison to Norway.

  • Jørn-tommy Skjellnes
  • Six Thousand Times

    Great if you can afford one. Everyone else who can’t is forced to help pay for yours.

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