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Published on December 8th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan

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Norway’s Coming Electric Vehicle Incentives




In the past week or so, I’ve written a few articles about the electric vehicle incentives offered to Norwegians, and how they have helped make electric car models the #1 best-selling cars in Norway in September and October and 12% of the overall car market in November.

However, I was holding out on some information regarding Norway’s future incentives. In 2014, one of the biggest incentives offered to EV buyers is going to be extended to the leasing of electric cars and to the purchase of EV batteries. That incentive is the exemption from Norway’s enormous purchase tax.

In a joint interview (video above) that I conducted with Ola Elvestuen, Chair of the Committee on Energy & the Environment in Norway / Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party of Norway, and Ståle Frydenlund, Communications Manager of the Norwegian EV Association, Ola briefly summarized existing EV incentives in Norway and then announced these coming incentives. He also emphasized the need for local EV incentives, something he knows a lot about as the former Vice Mayor for the Environment & Transportation in Oslo.

In addition, Ståle noted that EVs on Norway’s roads at the end of 2013 are set to reach a total of almost 19,000 in 2013, almost double the number on the road at the end of 2012 (9,600).

Ola also gave a hint about how to succeed in politics in general — be consistent and stubborn.

Neither Ola nor Ståle were interested in guessing which electric cars would top sales in 2014, but Ståle did note that Volkswagen (VW) and BMW have each claimed that they have already sold over 1,000 of their VW e-Up! and BMW i3 electric cars — even before market launch.

Lastly, I posed my customary question regarding the interviewees’ favorite songs. Here are their answers:


As a reminder, a survey of Norwegian EV owners found the following incentives to be the most important for them:

  1. Free toll roads
  2. No vehicle purchase tax
  3. Low fuel costs
  4. Access to bus lanes
  5. Free parking
  6. Low annual road fee
  7. Free charging & the EV charging network
  8. Free ferries

most important EV incentives Norway

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  • Ståle Frydenlund

    I would like to correct the sales numbers in Norway for 2013, as I may have not have been as clear as I should during the interview (above). The correct information is: The EV population is to be doubled this year, from 9.600 (December 31st 2012) to approximately 19.000 by the end of 2013. Still an amazing number!

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Aha, woops… correcting! So, the total on the road in 20 days it estimated to be 19,000, not 28,600, correct?

      • Ståle Frydenlund

        Yep, that´s correct!

        • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

          Thanks. :D Was planning to email you about this being up, but will go ahead and email anyway so we’re in touch there. I do have some requests :D

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