For 20 years The Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association has been working for the successful introduction of electric vehicles. Our main goal is to promote electric vehicles that run fully or partially on renewable energies.
We believe electric vehicles are the best alternative for personal transport when it comes to the local environment, climate, energy efficiency and economy. The EV association represents the majority of the electric car owners in Norway. We cooperate with the Norwegian government, the electric car industry and other organizations. We also promote Norway as a best case for electric vehicles policy to Europe and the rest of the world.
In mid 2013 there was over 13,000 electric cars registered in Norway in a population of 5 million. This makes Norway the world leader on introducing electric vehicles. Norway’s capital Oslo is the EV capital of the world, with the highest EV density of any capital city.
Because of the EV association’s and others work, the benefits for electric cars in Norway include:
- No purchase taxes (extremely high for ordinary cars)
- Exemption from 25% VAT on purchase
- No charges on toll roads
- Free municipal parking
- Free access to bus lanes
In addition there is over 4,000 charging points in Norway, and within 2013 there will be around 100 fast charging stations. Location and other information for all the public charging stations in Norway are available in the open database NOBIL, which is developed and maintained by the EV association in cooperation with Transnova.
These benefits make the electric car competitive with fossil cars. The goal of the Norwegian Parliament is to reach 50,000 zero emission vehicles by 2018. The Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association has set a goal of 100.000 electric cars within 2020. This is necessary to get a sustainable market for electric cars and the charging infrastructure in Norway. Today, electric cars constitute for 3 percent of new cars sold in Norway each month. There is still a long way to go before all the fossil cars are replaced with zero emission cars.
The Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association is a non-profit organization. The members elect a Board of Directors and the daily business is operated by four employees. The organization is a member of The European Association for Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (AVERE) and the World Electric Vehicle Association (WEVA).
Below is a short video (3 min.) from the Electric Vehicle Parade 100,000 in 2020. Please look to the diversity of all the electric cars in the World EV capital Oslo, Norway. 11th June 2012.