There are now over 100,000 Electric Vehicles on the road in Norway. For a country with a population of just over 5 million, it is a tremendous statistic. Key to their global leader status lies a government agenda to phase out fossil fuelled cars by 2025. They are a quarter the way there and with highly attractive policies and initiatives supporting the change to electric, they are firmly on course to meet their goal.
This effective strategy is varied and reduces costs for the car owner in multiple ways. Electric vehicles are allowed to use bus lanes and can travel on toll roads and ferries free of charge. Leased EVs are tax exempt and there is an push to rapidly accelerate the charging station network so that there will be one charger for every 20 EVs on the road.
The combination of price advantage and an accessible charging network clearly works. According to Martin Norman of Greenpeace Norway, "It's clearly feasible, especially in urban areas. We've found that the range of EVs is enough for most of what people need."