With a population of 5.2 million, Norway is a country with more than 100,000 electric vehicles on its roads.
There is no other country in the world with the same number of electric vehicles per capita, in fact, many developed countries in the world are not even close to such a high level of EV’s per capita.
Electric cars in Norway have become so popular due to the fact that they are cheap (government incentive) and very convenient for the owner.
In the case of an EV, the taxes paid by the owner are lower than the taxes paid for petrol and diesel cars.
In addition, the driver of the EV can use the bus lane all the way to town to save time and reach there faster.
Of course that the largest number of EVs can be found in towns because the distances are shorter there, but with the new generation of electric cars that will provide longer range, we can see a broad spread of the EVs even in remote areas of the country.
The government incentive lowers the price of the EV pretty much, and the driver receives free city center charging and parking, free ferry crossings, and as I mentioned above, free access to use the bus lanes.
However, Norway is a country with rich resources of gas and oil, and is one of the largest producers and exporters of oil and gas on the planet.
Norway plans to phase-out gas and diesel vehicles by 2025, but the oil and gas sector continues to be the largest polluter in the country.
In Norway, 40% of the new cars sold today are electric, and the share is expected to reach the level of 50% in the near future.
In order to meet the climate targets signed at COP21, Norway needs to reduce its dependence on oil and gas, and needs to stop the deforestation process in the country.
If the sales of electric cars will continue to grow at the current rate, Norway’s production of oil will go overseas to power the fleet of polluting vehicles in other countries, but all this could happen in a decade or two.
The new generation of electric cars that are larger and will provide a better range, will make even more victims in the Norway’s fleet of petrol and diesel cars, but even if all the cars in Norway would be electric, the country still needs to do more to reduce its emissions and meet the targets signed at the Paris climate summit.
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