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Norwegian electric car user experiences 2014

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Norway has the highest number of electric cars per capita in the world.

In September 2014, Norway reached 35,000 electric cars in a country of 5 million inhabitants. In Norway, about 13 % of all new cars sold so far this year are electric. Over 1 % of 2.5 million cars in Norway are electric. Norway is a frontrunner in the EV market.

The last three years, The Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association have been conducting an EV user survey among their members and other EV users and owners in Norway. Nearly 100 % of the Norwegian EV owners are satisfied with their electric car. The most important reason for choosing an EV over a traditional car is economy.

The main conclusion from the Norwegian experience, for other countries to learn from, is that the purchase price for an EV must be competitive with a similar car model. In Norway, this is achieved with a combination of high taxes on cars with high emissions and zero tax for zero emissions cars.

Our survey suggests that for every happy EV owner there will be three more.

The EV owners are the best ambassadors to show neighbors and colleagues that the electric car is suitable for everyday transport. The future of the Norwegian EV market looks bright. However, other countries must follow to support a sustainable global EV market.