Can Norway's Successful Electric Car Policies Be A Model for the World?

Electric cars are now enjoy an 11 percent market share in Norway due to favorable government policies, but can those policies be replicated elsewhere?

Published: 25-Jan-2014

Norway has emerged as the world’s largest electric cars market with over 11% of market share. The popularity of these environmentally friendly vehicles attracts international attention.

Thanks to supportive government policies, Norway has become the friendliest place in the world for electric cars. Actually, the country is the most successful market for electric car producers, with more electric cars per capita than anywhere else in the world. One of the biggest sensation of the year, Tesla Model S even managed to be the best-selling car in September, while the Nissan Leaf climbed to top over all car models in October.

Many ask now what makes these cars so popular in the country and seek whether the same trend can be imported to other countries, considering environmental factors.


Computer Illustration of Nissan Resonance

Bill Chameide, Duke University's Dean of Nicholas School of the Environment reviews the e-drive offerings at the 2013 North American International Auto Show.

2009 Ford Escape Hybrid similar to that driven by Professor Shapiro.

Retired Wayne State professor of Mechanical Engineering Howard Shapiro writes that hybrids make more sense than do all-electric cars.

US Energy Secretary Steven Chu with mockup of Chevrolet Volt battery pack behind him.

Some 488,000 hybrids and electric car were sold in the USA in 2012, representing 3.3 percent of the market, but to reach 1 million by 2015, share would have to increase to 6 percent.


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