e-Vehicle Policy in Norway



Article by N. Stiel, 2015-06-05, magazine Challenges (in French)


Translated information


In Oslo, Norway, every morning hundreds of electric vehicles (e-vehicles) go to the downtown 30-terminal station for free charging. 


Norway Population : 5.000.000


1st producer of oil in Europe


95% of Norway’s energy comes from hydroelectricity (dams etc)


Most e-vehicles in Europe. Last year 18.000 e-vehicles were purchased which corresponds to 1/3 of European sales.


Proportion of e-vehicles: Norway 1/5, France 1/200 


Charging terminals have difficulty catching up.


Advantages for e-vehicles in Norway: No VAT, free parkings, free ferries, circulating in bus lanes, TVA on leasing to be abolished on 1st July (new boom expected)


Standard (thermic) vehicles cost 50% more than in other European countries. e-vehicles cost less.

E Golf : 33.200 euros

Classic version : 37.600. 

Annual maintenance of Nissan Leaf: 23.000

Annual maintenance of thermic version: 37.000


Target of 50.000 e-vehicles set for 2017 was reached in April 2015.

New target of 200.000 e-vehicles for 2020. (In total there are 2.500.000 vehicles in Norway.)

"If all our vehicles were electric, only 6% of our resources would be used."


Sales started a rally when a daring Norwegian convinced Mitsubishi to give him an export license for IMiev in 2010. The vehicle was selling itself like “bagels” and even without ads. The following year it was Nissan Leaf. And now E Golf has taken 40% of the market.


Complaints: Bus drivers complain that during rush hour their lanes are overcrowded.





On e-Vehicles and thermal (standard) vehicle efficiency


Miguel Arias Cañete @MAC_europa


A new car today in the EU is 22% more efficient than in 2007.Targets work. #CO2road conference buff.ly/1GJHq5B




Vice President Biden @VP


"By 2025 we expect to double fuel efficiency to 54.5 miles per gallon—saving American families $1.7 trillion at the pump." -VP Biden



Energy Department @ENERGY


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Energy Department @ENERGY


Big breakthrough in #cleantech: New electric vehicle motor that doesn't use #rareearths1.usa.gov/1EaRIwa



“While most plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) use motors with rare earth metals, these materials are expensive, their prices have been highly volatile (from $80/kg to $750/kg), and their supply may fall short with potentially high market demand in the future. “



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Electric vehicle projects have recieved a boost under the #CDM bit.ly/1CWcb0r @UN_CarbonMechs pic.twitter.com/GEeweG7YIa