- The end is near in Norway

Norway can stop fossil fuel car sales as soon as April 2022

Norwegians have stopped buying them way before the planned ban date.

There are three ways to do things in life - the wrong way, the right way and the Nor-way! This has been a popular phrase in a hit TV fishing show, but nowadays it comes to life in the automotive industry. Because the Scandinavian mentality is uniquely different and places up north have been the most affected of climate change, Norwegians are willing to take actions sooner, rather than later.

Just a cool picture - Credit: Flickr

Just a cool picture - Credit: Flickr

Numbers don't lie

After a possible ICE ban was first mentioned years ago, the average Norwegian consumer took things seriously and the market results are remarkable. While the sales of ICE cars in January 2017 were more than 50% of the total, they've dropped sharply to 21% in the first eight months of 2020. Keeping the trend for 2021, another sharp drop was recorded and between January and August the ICE market share was just 9.66% of all car sales!

For the first eight months of this year, the Top 15 sold cars list contains 14 electric vehicles and one hybrid. The most successful ICE car is a diesel VW Tiguan, which takes a miserable 38th place in the rankings. Experts calculate that if this trend continue, the ICE car sales would hit zero in April 2022, a full three years earlier than the planned 2025 ban by the Norwegian government.

The chart says it all...

The chart says it all...

The rest of the world

While Norway's results are nothing short of impressive, the rest of the world is still not getting the message, but the trends are slowly turning. According to the same research, the first 6 months of 2021 saw 2.6 million electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids sold, a solid bump of 160% over the same period in 2020. The research points out the significantly lower running costs as the main reason for the increase in sales.

Credit: TomTom

Credit: TomTom

Taking those number in the equation, the predictions are that electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids will account for at least 5 million sales, out of 71 million new cars in total. Market share, divided by regions put China in the leading spot with 47% EV and PHEV sales, closely followed by Europe with 40%. Predictably, the US hardly makes a dent at 10% and the rest of the world accounts for just 3%.

Divided by brands, Tesla is leading the charge (pun intended) with 15%, but VW is rapidly catching up, trailing by just 2% for now. The Chinese SGMW is next with an admirable effort and 11% as a result, with BMW and Stellantis sharing a total of 6% between them. All of the mentioned companies account for 51% EV and PHEV market share. Curiously, Mercedes is nowhere to be seen in the charts, which is somewhat underwhelming, regarding their efforts to electrify their range before everybody else.

Credit: Electrek

Credit: Electrek

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  • Okay, lets add some context here. Norway is a wealthy nation. In general, purchasing a new EV isn't an investment of a percentage of the average citizen's overall wealth. In the US the picture is very different as I am sure it is in other nations.

    VW, so far, has an inexpensive solution for the masses but it's still out of reach for most where I live. I am in Appalachia. Very poor area. Few jobs. In Roanoke, the NS railroad moved their headquarters out of town 5 years ago and with it went many jobs. They were the last major non-medical employer in the area. There is still society and jobs but not a single large employer as NS was in the area. It will be decades before EV's take over in full here. And only after they are available, in decent shape, on the used market. Just the reality of this area.

    Having lived around this nation I can say that there are many in this position. Too poor to afford any new car let alone any new EV. How does the world plan to handle this? I have NEVER owned a new car even when I could afford to buy one new. 33% loss the second it leaves the lot isn't my kind of winning. So how do we get EV's in the hands of these people? I can't afford anything let alone any car. What about me? I don't think the powers-that-be have thought this through all the way. I'm not opposed to EV's. On the contrary. I'm broken and would love a smooth quiet car. But...

      1 month ago
    • You have a great point. That's the reality, also long distance driving. Went to SD a few weeks ago, there were hardly any EVs on the trip across the state. Mainly corn fields and very small towns of 200 people or so. Don't think this will come...

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  • Its mostly due to the cost of the car, as there are no taxes on EVs here. No sales tax, no road tax and also EVs pay max 50% on toll roads. While an ICE car is usually around 2-3 times the price of the same car in the US, we are one of, if not the, cheapest country to buy a new EV.

      1 month ago
    • So when they gonna start taxiing you guys. Only a matter of time

        1 month ago
    • The newly elected government is talking about adding tax on every krone(local currency) that an EV costs over 600 000 kroner, which is about 70 000 dollars.

        1 month ago
  • If Norway can do this, there is literally ZERO reason the rest of us cannot. We are at the behest of 'big auto' and the oil giants, neither of which is working for our best interests. It's a replay of the tobacco industry.

      1 month ago
  • Unpopular Opinion: What great news! Although I love the excitement of a proper engine you don't get that from the average car anyway and therefore you may as well swap out the daily family car for an EV. They tend to be comfier, quieter, less 'vibraty' and generally nice placed to be. And anyway we need to try our hardest to help Johnny Polar Bear. πŸ‘

      1 month ago
    • Personally I admire the way they are handing the situation. Norwegians are not the sort of people who would wait until the very last moment, and then scream angrily something about their rights being violated. People around the world tend...

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        1 month ago
    • Most people don’t know there is a way we can have our beloved internal combustion engine and save the polar bear at the same time with synthetic fuel. Some people who know about this say it would never be cheap for us, but this company is going to...

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        1 month ago
  • This is amazing news. It's also a canary in a coal mine for those who want to buy ICE vehicles. Even if the deadlines to ban ICE are 2025, 2030 or 2035, most people will stop way before. No one wants something that will become obsolete in a few years.

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