One In Three New Cars Sold In Norway Last Year Was All-Electric

Norway continues to sit at the forefront of EV adoption as almost a third of new cars sold in the Scandinavian country in 2018 were fully electric.

EV sales rose to 31.2 percent of all sales last year, up from 20.8 percent in 2017 and just 5.5 percent in 2013, according to the independent Norwegian Road Federation (NRF) cited by Reuters. Remarkably, if plug-in hybrid vehicles were added to EVs, they would make up 49.1 percent of the market.

Sales of all-electric cars rose 40 percent to 46,092 in 2018, while sales of diesel vehicles fell 28 percent. Gasoline car sales were down 17 percent while hybrids lost 20 percent. Interestingly, the second-generation Nissan Leaf was the top-selling car overall in Norway last year. Tesla also had a very good year in Norway, with 8,623 deliveries — up 161 units from 2017.

Overall, Norway’s new car market shrunk 6.8 percent in 2018 to 147,929 vehicles, as sales of gasoline and diesel cars plummeted.

2018 EV sales mark a new record as Norway wants to terminate sales of internal combustion vehicles by 2025 in order to reduce air pollution and carbon emissions. Obviously, such a rapid expansion of electric vehicles wouldn’t have been possible without the government’s involvement.

Norway exempts battery-powered cars from most taxes and offers benefits such as free parking and charging points for EVs. However, some analysts are skeptical about Norway touching its 2025 goal for emissions-free new cars. They believe EV growth is limited by the fact that too many people don’t have a private parking space and are reluctant about buying an electric car if they can’t set up a charging point at home.

With Tesla starting Model 3 deliveries in Norway this year, EV sales are set to see an even bigger boost in 2019. Earlier this year, it was reported that Norway had 30,000 pre-orders for electric vehicles, mostly Tesla Model 3 and Audi e-tron.

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  • Richard Alexander

    …and 9 months out of the year they operate at 60% range because of the cold…..

    • alexxx

      Ok negative .. :-))

    • 95% of the people drive less than the lowest range EV gives you. People need to wake up. You can ridicule EV’s as much as you like, but they are superior in tech compared to ICE vehicles. It’s just a fact, the same way as EV’s are going to overtake the world.

      • Richard Alexander

        And where exactky is all this electricity supposed to (1) be supplied from and (2) delivered?

        • The same old topic. Please look up the stats. 1. Electricity production is getting cleaner globally -> EV’s are getting cleaner 2. EV’s are still cleaner even if 100% electricity comes from coal (which is rare, especially in developed countries where EV’s are morel likely to be widespread). 3. Have you read about the details of oil production? From extraction until you pump the petrol in your car? Now that’s dirty AF!

          • Mr. EP9

            Lithium mining is also dirty as well as cobalt, most of which comes from Africa. The cobalt that is. I would also like to know where it’s coming from, because if fossil fuels are involved in anyway, it defeats the entire purpose.

          • Lithium mining requires a lot of water yes, but it comes mostly from Australia and Chile. Fossil fuel is always involved (e.g.: transportation), how does it defeat the purpose? The goal is to get rid of fossil fuels, and that’s a long process. However, this sad propaganda about how pollutive lithium mining is pathetic, as in comparison to the oil industry it’s simply insignificant. As well as batteries evolve all the time. Even Tesla batteries are using a fraction of cobalt as compared to their first batteries.

          • Richard Alexander

            We can pay for the required trillion dollar upgrade to the US electric grid to support BEVs by paying everyone with Bernie Sanders Pine Cone Money. #freeEverything

          • Dude

            Oh yay another of these ignoramuses. Here’s a great video on the topic [link below pending approval “Are Electric Cars Worse For The Environment? Myth Busted”]. Fun fact: Even in the states where electricity production is the most environmentally harmful and including battery production, ICE vehicles are always the worst option. Fun-er fact: It would not take even close to a trillion dollars to power a country that only used EVs.

  • Blade t

    Good for Norway. I wish more world leaders would take actions like these..

  • danno

    Its easy to put the big thumb of the gov’t on the scale of market demand when you are using taxpayer’s money.
    As they continue deficit spending, reality may come to the front.

    • Perry F. Bruns

      Is it really deficit spending? What are they spending on defense?

    • Or maybe there is a massive saving in health care as less people are hospitalized? Or maybe clean air is more important? Maybe the oil and meat industry has been heavily subsidized for decades and nobody even blinked? Maybe the society is mature enough to know where it’s more important to put money?

    • KareKakk

      No taxpayers money have been used for this. The absence of taxes is not a cost for the government. There may be a lesser income of taxes regarding fueled cars on a long term, but cost reductions in other fields because of the EV invasion would balance that by far.

  • Mr. EP9

    “Norway exempts battery-powered cars from most taxes and offers benefits such as free parking and charging points for EVs.”

    Is it small wonder they are selling well when you take that line into consideration? And if I recall, doesn’t Norway put some really hefty taxes on ICE powered vehicles, making them considerably more expensive?

    • KareKakk

      Yes. For decades Norwegians has rightfully complained about the high and unfair taxes on cars. And then, when EVs was excluded from any taxes, many (jealous?) Norwegians started to instead complain over EVs having no taxes. Unbelievable.

  • Dude

    “using taxpayers’ money”. Well yeah. Generally if a majority of the population want something, like sustainability and environmental friendliness, tax money will go it. Thank you for attending Modern Society 101.

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