Norway Considering Reducing, Eliminating Electric Car Incentives

Spectacular success of electric cars in Norway where 21,000 are now registered likely will see a reduction or elimination of incentives once 50,000 have been registered.

Published: 29-Jan-2014

Norway's traffic jams are becoming the cleanest and quietest in the world due to a flood of drivers buying electric cars which now power around the country's cities on hydro-electricity, competing for free charging points.

For three months at the end of 2013, the luxury electric sports car the Tesla Model S and Nissan Leaf family electric car were the best-selling models among all cars sold in the country, beating popular and conventionally-fuelled cars including the VW Golf.

The latest figures suggest that over 21,000 all-electric vehicles (EVs) are now registered in the country of 5 million people with sales running at over 1,200 a month, or over 10% of all sales. That compares with a total of around 70,000 EVs registered in the US with a population of 313 m, and just 5,000 in the UK with a population of 63m. Dealers expect there to be more in Oslo than in Los Angeles and San Francisco combined within a year.


Norwegian-built Kewet Buddy is one of several types of electric cars operated in the country.

Anthony Ingram questions the wisdom of Norway's efforts to encourage the use of electric cars, despite the nation's clean power grid, especially its $8K in subsidies.

Norwegians admire Tesla Roadster at 'show & shine' event.

Norway is Europe's largest oil producer, Andrew Clark points out, but nearly all of their electric power comes from hydro dams, making their grid one of the cleanest in the world.

Tesla Model S. Photo by Ondrej Zeman.

By the time Norwegians take into account all the incentives, both policy and monetary, electric cars like the Tesla Model S end up being cheaper to own and operate than ICE-age models.


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