Nowegian's LOVE the electric car!
While the US electric car market continues to grab the headlines it is worth remembering that Norway is by far and away the leading electric car loving country with the highest ratio of electric vehicles per capita. Indeed many in the industry refers to Oslo as the capital of the electric vehicle industry and if you take a look at the situation you will see there are a number of reasons why electric vehicles are so popular in the country.
In many ways it seems that a number of factors have come together to create the perfect storm for electric vehicles in some parts of Scandinavia. If we take a look at Norway there are many reasons to be cheerful if you are an electric vehicle retailer.
A gallon of gasoline in Norway costs in excess of $10 despite the fact the country is awash with oil and gas from its surrounding oilfields. Fuel is not subsidised at the pumps as the government uses the massive oil and gas income to extend and improve the country’s infrastructure. This is perhaps one of the main drivers as to why the number of electric vehicles across Norway continues to grow, and seems likely to for some time to come.
While in some ways it is a little unfair to compare a country the size of Norway with the USA, which is by far and away the largest electric vehicle market in the world, it is worth noting that the Norwegian authorities and the business arena have been very busy extending the electric vehicle charging network. There continue to be some concerns with regard to the range of electric vehicles before recharging is required but as the charging network continues to expand these fears will fade.
Quote from ElectricForum.com : "The average driver covers around 70 miles a day through the week which is less than the full charge available on a Nissan Leaf 2013 — about 129 miles on a full charge. How many miles do you drive each day?"
EV charging in Europe image via Shutterstock.
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