Published on June 4th, 2015 | by Christopher DeMorro1
Oslo, Capital of the Electric Vehicle World
The country of Norway has a plan for the future, and a big part of that plan are electric vehicles. Through a variety of incentives, Norway has managed to put nearly 50,000 electric vehicles on roads in very short order, with EVs and other plug-in cars making up a huge percentage of new car sales. This brief video explains those incentives, and how it has kickstarted Norway’s green revolution, especially around the Capital of Oslo.
Thanks to an abundance of hydroelectric power, Norway is one of the few countries in the world powered entirely by clean, sustainable energy. Yet it is also a major oil producer, and most people still rely on petrol or diesel cars to get around. Still, the government has imposed onerous taxes on the purchase of cars based on engine size, as well as the price of fuel, both of which buyers of electric vehicles are exempt from. That results in tens of thousands of dollars of savings, right up front.
Then there’s incentives of convenience, like access to bus lanes, free parking, free ferry and toll bridge access, as well ample no-cost charging stations. This has compelled several industrious people to launch all-electric taxi services, and while there’s already talk of reining in some of the incentives, most officials and taxpayers seem pleased with how well the plan has worked out.
While there may be more plug-in cars on California’s roads, Norway has made owning electric cars easier and cheaper than anyplace else on the planet. Maybe the Golden State should consult with Norway about how to get more people into plug-in cars.