Norway to reach 100% electric vehicle sales in 2022

Norway to reach 100% electric vehicle sales in 2022

Norway could complete its transition towards having only fully electric cars for sale as early as April 2022, according to the Norwegian Automobile Federation (NAF) as reported by Drive.

Data from the Norway’s road traffic information council (OVF) has shown that the final internal combustion-engined car in the country will be sold in April next year, or three years ahead of schedule in terms of its government’s plans for the phasing out of sales of new vehicles with petrol or diesel engines.

The OVF has shown that purely internal combustion cars made up just 9.66% of new car sales in the first eight months of this year. Of these, petrol cars comprised 4.93% and diesel cars made up 4.73%. The previous year saw ICE cars account for 21%, and more than 50% in 2017, where petrol and diesel cars sold in equal proportions (25%).

However, this data from the country’s road traffic information council includes hybrids as well as plug-in hybrids, notes Drive, however these account for less than 10% of new car sales in Norway, the publication added.

Norway to reach 100% electric vehicle sales in 2022

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“[Sales of] new petrol and diesel cars are dying out in Norway. If the trend continues from the last four years, sales will be over during the first half of 2022. It is far earlier than even the most optimistic electric car enthusiasts thought possible,” said Thor Egil Braadland, Norwegian government representative within the Norwegian Automobile Federation.

It isn’t an absolute dead-end for internal combustion in Norway, though. “I do not think sales of pure petrol and diesel cars go completely to zero, because there are always some with needs that only such cars cover,” said Norwegian National Association of Car Importers (BIL) Erik Andresen.

“But the small petrol cars will be replaced first. The bigger and more powerful the car, the greater the chance that there are customers who need one of these that are constantly delivered with a petrol or diesel engine,” Andresen said. Braadland concurs, and says that purchasing a petrol or diesel vehicle will still be possible as “there will still be a good second-hand market for these cars for many years.”

This is backed up by data from Norway, which shows that seven out of every eight cars sold in the country have been used cars. Of 357,176 ownership registration changes in 2021 so far, electric vehicles accounted for just 12% of that sum.

Norway to reach 100% electric vehicle sales in 2022

…however petrols and diesel are still going strong on the Norwegian used market

Most people in Norway still own a used petrol or diesel vehicle, with petrol or diesel internal combustion vehicles accounting for 85% of cars on Norwegian roads. “But new car sales show that we see the beginning of the end for the fossil fuel-powered car,” said Braadland.

According to Drive, its domestic market audience of Australia starkly contrast with Norway for its demand of electrified vehicles as compared to internal combustion; pure EVs and PHEVs make up just 0.73% of all new cars sold Down Under, and petrol-powered cars alone comprise 55% of the new car market, it said. In Australia, diesels make up 33% of the market, with conventional hybrids comprise just 6.7%.

For Norway, although tax incentives initiated the shift in demand towards electric vehicles, it is the car manufacturers who are now driving demand for electrification, according to the NAF.

“The big drivers to electrification now are increasing selection, longer range, lower battery prices and the EU’s climate policy. All the major car manufacturers now have a plan to electrify the car fleet. They have decided,” Braadland said of the shift.

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  • Granny on Oct 08, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    soon Norway have to lift alot temporary perks for the EV.
    including allowance usage of the Bus Lane for EV drive.

    When everyone is driving EV with slow charging,
    then the Gasoline is so appreciated for rapid refuel, and good mileage. Then the owner also getting worried about resale value. bcuz old EV is like old smartphones, why buy a used one when new cheaper one is better.

    Government is forcing the people to buy EV, literally.

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  • Camry 2.5HEV on Oct 08, 2021 at 1:50 pm

    Congratulations to Norway.

    Population size like Singapore
    But Land size like Malaysia

    Technically, its a huge expenses to build infrastructure for less sales, yet vehicles required to travel further in Norway compared to Singapore, Singapore is too slow!
    But Norway, made it.

    EV now a majority at Norway – 2020 sales figure!

    2020 Norway summary:
    1. EV = 54.3%
    2. Plug in Hybrid = 20%
    3. Hybrid = 9%
    4. Diesel = 8.6% ( But 2011 was 75.7%)
    5. Petrol = 8%

    Now, Norway finally get Tesla and Nio too.

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    • Don’t mislead. Their landsize is comparable but 95% of people live within their major city boundaries and the rest in village clusters. Setting up centralised infra for EV is far easier.

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  • Pak U on Oct 08, 2021 at 3:52 pm

    Meanwhile, jaguh kampung in bolehland pushing for biodiesel

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    • Amran on Oct 08, 2021 at 5:31 pm

      Jaguh kampung has 6x more pipul vs jaguh salmon. How to compare lah!

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      • narma on Oct 13, 2021 at 7:33 am

        At least salmon is more sihat than anything deep fried in kelapa sawit cooking oil.

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