Norway has now 50,000 electric vehicles (EV) on the roads. A Tesla Model S had the honour of being the number 50,000 registered EV.
The milestone is therefore significant as it highlights the success story of EV roll-out that has been spurred by government incentives.
EV has been exempt from VAT for 14 years. In 2012 this was extended along with other incentives:
- Free parking
- Free passage through tollways
- Free access to bus lanes
- Free charging at public charging stations
- Free transport on communal ferries
- Free VAT
These incentives are to be reviewed in 2017 or by the time 50,000 EV were registered. With the milestone reached the government is currently reviewing them.
The incentives have seen criticism. Particularly the free access to bus lanes is causing controversy. Critics say it is causing congestion and slowing down buses with the result that some are choosing not to take public transport. Others say there is still room for more traffic in the bus lanes.
It is anticipated that the government will keep most of the incentives. It would make sense to do so. After all, in order for the success story to continue incentives are required. Strong sales of EV’s are positive as it is helping Norway reduce its carbon emissions.
In the beginning of 2015 one in four vehicles sold in Norway were EV. If the trend is continuing Norway might see its EV number 100,000 in 2-3 years.
The most popular EV’s in Norway are Volkswagen e-Golf, Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model S.