Norway reaches 500,000 electric vehicles on the roads, more than doubled in 3 years

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Norway, the country with the highest EV adoption, just reached the milestone of 500,000 electric vehicles on the roads. The Norwegian Parliament has decided on a national goal that all new cars sold by 2025 should be zero-emission (electric or hydrogen). Battery electric vehicles held a 64 % market share in 2021. The speed of the transition is closely related to policy instruments and a wide range of incentives.

The current Government has decided to keep the incentives for zero-emission cars until the end of 2022. After 2022 the incentives will be revised and adjusted parallel with the market development.

Few other than the Electric Car Association thought this could be possible when the electric car policy was established in its time.

Christina Bu, Secretary General of the Norwegian Electric Car Association

From the 500,000 electric cars so far, Nissan Leaf takes the lead followed by Volkswagen e-Golf model. Tesla Model 3 ranks third, although, it arrived the country much later than the two models mentioned before.


Norway has also been working on developing a charging network to support the growth and provide drivers the best infrastructure. This Easter there have been a record number of cars out on the country’s 4,344 fast chargers. The Nordic country as a currently ratio of one charger per 115 electric vehicles. The Electric Car Association recently recalled that about 5,000 new fast chargers must be built by the end of 2025, to keep up with electric car sales.


The Norwegian EV incentives

  • No purchase/import taxes (1990-)
  • Exemption from 25% VAT on purchase (2001-)
  • No annual road tax (1996-2021). Reduced tax from 2021. Full tax from 2022..
  • No charges on toll roads or ferries (1997- 2017).
  • Maximum 50% of the total amount on ferry fares for electric vehicles (2018-)
  • Maximum 50% of the total amount on toll roads (2019)
  • Free municipal parking (1999- 2017)
  • Parking fee for EVs was introduced locally with an upper limit of a maximum 50% of the full price (2018-)
  • Access to bus lanes (2005-). New rules allow local authorities to limit the access to only include EVs that carry one or more passengers (2016)
  • 50 % reduced company car tax (2000-2018). Company car tax reduction reduced to 40% (2018-) and 20 percent from 2022.
  • Exemption from 25% VAT on leasing (2015)
  • Fiscal compensation for the scrapping of fossil vans when converting to a zero-emission van (2018)

In April 2022, 7,459 Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) were sold in Norway, 5.13% less when compared to the 7,863 units sold in April 2021. The Swedish automaker Volvo led the EV sales with 721 vehicles delivered representing a market share of 9.7% in the Nordic Country. The automaker also had the best selling model, Volvo XC40 with 560 units. Skoda’s first electric SUV Enyaq was the second best selling model with 474 units followed by ID.4 from the German automaker Volkswagen.

In 2021, two out of the 3 best selling EV models were from Tesla: 12,057 units of Model 3 units ranking first on the list, and 8,266 Model Y ranking third. Tesla had a market share of 17.1% while Volkswagen ranked second with 10.8%.


BMW was the second best selling brand with 660 units. In Q1, the German automaker had its best quarter selling 1,867 BEVs in Norway, up from 1,455 delivered in the last quarter of 2021. With 2562 units delivered in the first four months of the year, BMW is in pace to break its yearly record of 5,688 BEVs delivered in Norway back in 2018.

Q1 2022 in Norway

During the first quarter of 2022, Tesla delivered 6,185 units (18% Market share) in Norway, 41% more than the second brand on the ranking, Volkswagen with 3,637 units. During Q3 2021, Tesla’s Market share was even higher with 23.4% which means, almost 1 out of 4 electric vehicles sold were a Tesla model.

According to Auto Industry Association, Norway’s sale of fully Eletric Vehicles rose to 65% Market Share in 2021 From 54% in 2020 making the Scandinavian Country a great option to enter the European Market. Norway has the goal of becoming the first to end the sale of petrol and diesel cars in 2025. Oil-producing Norway has encouraged the switch to zero emission cars by exempting battery electric vehicles (BEVs) from taxes imposed on internal combustion engines (ICE).

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