Norway has for decades imposed vehicle registration taxes on new cars, most on the ones with the highest emissions, with some vehicles paying tens of thousands of pounds in charges, and fully electric vehicles exempt since the 1990s.
That meant that when the mass production Tesla S came out nearly in 2012, it did not look that prohibitively expensive for Norwegians, with Elon Musk’s breakthrough vehicle becoming the best-selling car on the market as early as 2013.
So far this year, more than 60 percent of new car sales in Norway have been fully electric, and over 80 percent when including plug-in hybrids which are partly battery-driven.
In August, for the first time, more than half of new car sales were fully electric in every county in Norway, including the far north where drivers face long distances, less frequent charging points and cold temperatures.
Growth in EV interest following ‘fuel shortage’ – AM Online
Almost a quarter (23%) of petrol and diesel car owners are considering a switch to an electric or hybrid model as a result of the ongoing fuel shortage.
With the military now called to assist with deliveries to forecourts, What Car? surveyed 1,186 in-market buyers who own a petrol or diesel vehicle to understand whether shortages at the pumps have caused more buyers to consider an electric vehicle (EV).
One-in-10 said they were now more likely to buy an EV, while 13% were now more likely to consider a hybrid.
What Car?’s research comes after the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) announced September 2021 was a record month for fully electric vehicle sales, with more than 32,000 registered during the plate-change month. It found 49% of buyers now consider an EV are looking to contact a dealer about a hybrid or fully electric car by the end of the year.
Pod Point, which provides charging points for electric vehicles (EVs) across Britain, has announced that it plans to list on the London Stock Exchange. The company, which is majority owned by France’s EDF, said it plans a premium listing with a free float of at least 25%.
According to Pod Point, it is Britain’s largest provider of home charging points for EVs, and the second largest of workplace charging. The company booked revenue of £33.1 million in 2020, according to a report by Reuters, with an adjusted underlying loss of £12.3 million.
The company said the offer would compromise the sale of new shares and some by existing shareholders including Legal & General Capital Investments. EDF will maintain a stake of more than 50% following the listing.
The rollout of electric vehicle charging points in Scotland is now second only to London, according to new figures.
There are now 12 rapid chargers per 100,000 people, compared to a UK average of nearly seven, while across all charging types Scotland is second only to London across the whole of the UK with 47 devices for every 100,000.
In comparison, the rest of the UK has an average of 36, and London has 83 for every 100,000 people. As of March 2021, more than 30,000 licensed vehicles in Scotland were classed at ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs), with the majority being either a pure battery or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
An improving charging infrastructure, growing range of models and prospect of fuel shortages and higher petrol and diesel prices are the main driving forces behind an increased desire to switch.
A survey of 1,731 UK drivers commissioned by The Motor Ombudsman found that 61 per cent of respondents are contemplating getting behind the wheel of an electric car – either new or used – in 2022.
When individuals considering an EV next year were asked about which key factors have influenced their decision to buy one, 59 per cent said it was UK’s growing charging network. The greater choice of electric models now available (42 per cent) was seen as the next biggest factor.