Norway has announced that it has reached a milestone, having 100,000 all-electric vehicles on its roads.The country has one of the most aggressive timelines to convert its entire fleet to zero-emission, reports electrek, and it hopes its electric vehicle policies will inspire other countries, but the exploit also highlights how difficult it is to convert a national car fleet.
The 100,000 electric cars (or 3% of the fleet) represents a reduction of approximately 200,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually, according to the Norwegian EV Association. [UK gov issues funding for EV-grid infrastructure development]
With over 40,000 members, Norway’s electric vehicle association is the largest in the world – showing that they don’t only lead in EV adoption, but also in EV activism.
They organized a celebration of the milestone with all the all-electric zero-emission vehicles (BEV) models sold in the country appearing in order starting with the most popular – as you can see in the picture above, the VW e-Golf first, followed by the Nissan LEAF, Tesla Model S, BMW i3 and so on.
Electrek adds notes that a myriad of EV incentives has helped Norway’s vehicle adoption and several of those incentives, like 25% VAT tax exemption, were set to phase out after the country reaches 100,000 vehicles, but as we reported earlier this year, they passed an initiative to keep the VAT exemption for electric vehicles until 2020.
Christina Bu, Secretary General of the Norwegian EV Association, argues that incentives need to be maintained in order to keep the momentum and achieve the government’s goals.
“Norwegian politicians need to sit tight and continue the proven recipe for success. This means offering substantial benefits to zero emissions car buyers," says Bu. [Vermont utility boosts EV adoption with infrastructure development]
Norway set the goal for 100% of new car sales to be zero-emission vehicles starting in 2025. As of September 2016, 28.8% of new car sales were plug-in electric vehicles and all-electric cars have a 19.0% market shares – significantly more than any other country, but still far from 100%.
The government incentives serve as a bridge until more mass-produced electric vehicles, like Tesla’s upcoming Model 3, make it to market and reduce the entry price to decent long-range electric cars.
Bu adds: “Norway inspires other countries to implement similar measures, and we show the international automotive industry how to create consumer demand for electric cars. We get ever more proof supporting this notion.”
Norway’s next goal: 400,000 all-electric vehicles by 2020.