When it comes to electric vehicles, Norway is top of the class. They're everywhere! In 2023, more EVs were sold than any other type of car. Why is that?
In 2023, 82.38 percent of new cars sold in Norway were EVs. How has Norway managed to achieve such a high uptake? The political goal is for the entire Norwegian car fleet to be zero-emission (electric or hydrogen) by 2025. That's why there are all sorts of incentives in place: subsidies, cheaper parking, tolls and ferry tickets, and the right to use bus and taxi lanes on many roads.
“But the strongest incentive may be that we heavily tax the purchase of polluting petrol and diesel cars,” says Christina Bu, secretary general of the Norwegian Electric car association.
It's no wonder then that no other country in the world has more EVs per capita.
Secondly, electric cars are cool! They are silent and don't create noxious fumes. And you can drive for several hundred kilometres before you need to charge. Not that charging is a major problem in Norway – we have more than 3000 public charging stations, and 7753 fast chargers, all over the country. Say goodbye to range anxiety!
The easiest way to find a charging point is by checking ladestasjoner.no's map. To make sure you have access to charging stations, it's important to register with the major providers in advance. Norway has about ten of them.
“Even in the northernmost parts of Northern Norway – an area with huge distances, more reindeer than people, and really low temperatures in the winter – you can get around easily in an EV,” says Christina Bu.
If you want to take a road trip through the country, you can easily rent an electric car from most rental companies. In Geiranger and Flåm, eMobility has even set up a rental service for a scooter-car (a small four-wheeler) with two seats and open sides. Perfect for sightseeing!
But why stop there? Cruise the fjords and lakes or go whale-watching on electric boats, travel with electric cable cars up mountainsides, and hop on good old-fashioned metros and trams in the big cities. Not to mention all the electric bikes you can rent. You can also visit a destination that is part of the Sustainable destination labelling scheme, or check out 10 ways to explore Norway for more eco-conscious travellers.
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