Plentiful charging stations, along with incentives by Norway to make owning and operating an electric vehicle cheaper than conventional cars, have driven demand, reports Giles Crosse
When the Norwegian city of Oslo formulated its CO2 emissions reduction plan in 2008, electric vehicles were a major part from the start. There was a clear plan to roll out charging stations to encourage EV ownership in the city, with the goal of having 400 on the road by 2011.
Today, Oslo is the biggest per capita market for EVs in the world, with 35,000 EVs in the greater Oslo area. A whopping 30% of all new cars sold in the city in 2015 and 2016 were EVs or plug-in hybrids, with 62,754 EVs registered n the greater Oslo area, and 1,300 charge points, with a goal of adding another 600 per year in each of the next three years. A whopping 39.2% of new cars sold in Norway in 2017 were EVs or plug-in hybrids.
Consumer demand throughout Norway has been driven by a raft of generous incentives introduced by the Norwegian government since 2009 to make owning and operating electric vehicles cheaper than their polluting equivalents.
While the UK is targeting 2040 for all new car sales to be zero emission, Norway has set 2025 as its deadline
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