Electric vehicles over 20% of Norway's new-car sales

Signal of change / Electric vehicles over 20% of Norway's new-car sales

By Futures Centre / 30 Mar 2015

In Norway, electric vehicles (EVs) now account for over 20% of new-car sales, with 18% from pure electrics (as opposed to hybrid). 

The best seller is the Volkswagen e-Golf, which won 39% of Norway's EV sales in February 2015, followed by the Nissan Leaf at 12% (down on previous figures) and Tesla Model S at 9% (a bit of a come-back).

Electric Vehicle News said the success of the e-Golf "sends a clear signal to auto makers that non-quirky, conservative body styling can boost EV market share significantly".

Image: Norsk Elbilforening

So what?

The sales figures may be in the 100s - but they demonstrate how an oil-rich economy (Norway is the world's fifth-largest oil exporter, with annual oil revenues of around $40 billion) is preparing for a very different energy future. 

"Given the many energy system ‘co-benefits’ that electric vehicles enable - such as storage and smart systems - it will be worth keeping an eye out for Norway in the months and years to come", said Iain Watt, who works in sustainable energy at Forum for the Future.  

Sources

Electric Vehicle News (2015, March 27) Electric vehicles account for over 20% of Norway's new-car sales

EV Sales (2015, March 7) Norway February 2015

What might the implications of this be? What related signals of change have you seen?

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