California’s a huge market for Tesla, the Netherlands loves Tesla, Switzerland loves Tesla, but no state or country is as Tesla obsessed as Norway.
Whereas electric vehicles are still at 1–2% market share in many auto markets, or 6–10% in good markets, fully electric vehicles accounted for 38% of new passenger vehicle sales in Norway last month.
If you’re like me, you’d like to check your senses now and confirm the 38% related to fully electric vehicles, not also plug-in hybrids. Indeed, that’s only for the purest of the pure, while another 25% were hybrids, 41% of which were plug-in hybrids. That means nearly 50% of new vehicle sales were plug-in vehicles sales.
King of the hill among all of these electric and electrified vehicles, as usual, was the Tesla Model 3. The Model 3 is so popular there that it accounted for 12.4% of the Norwegian auto market in January–July of this year. Good luck finding a country with a 12.4% EV market share, let alone a 12.4% Tesla Model 3 market share. That percentage means that one out of every eight vehicles sold in the country was a Model 3 — not for one month, not for two months, but for a 7 month timespan.
» Read more about electric vehicle sales in Norway by Zachary Shahan in Clean Technica
Through all phases of life, Canada and Scandinavian countries treat their citizens well, according to US News.
Best Countries for Quality of Life
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
- South Korea
- Czech Republic
More info at US News
The Best of the Best, according to U.S. News & World Report:
- United Kingdom
- United States
- New Zealand
Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler:
There’s a “best of” list for nearly everything—the best countries for expats, the best places to go in 2018, the best pizza in Italy (you’re welcome). Now, U.S. News & World Report has released a veritable best-of-the-best list, with its annual “Best Countries” index. This study is no joke: They evaluated 80 countries and surveyed 21,000 people from four regions (the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East and Africa); places were graded 65 different ways, for how well they rank in “citizenship,” “cultural influence,” “education,” “heritage,” “power,” “quality of life,” to name a few. Here, the ten best countries in the world, and what they’re, well, best for. Counting down… This gallery was originally published in 2016. It has been updated with new results.
Charlotte Beale, writing for the World Economic Forum:
Journeys taking up to 1.5 hours – which includes all domestic Norwegian routes and those to neighbouring Scandinavian capitals – should be entirely electric, said Norwegian airport operator Avinor’s chief executive, Dag Falk-Petersen.
Norway is so worried about dominating cross country skiing and other sports that they offer aid to other countries to compete against them, for fear the rest of the world will lose interest in those sports they love.
David Segal, The New York Times:
Surpassing its own lofty expectations, Norway has delivered the greatest performance in the history of the Winter Games, winning a total of 38 medals, 13 of them gold. A nation of only five million people has crushed all comers, including sports behemoths like Germany and the United States, in the events Norwegians care about the most.
AnneMarie McCarthy, writing for Lonely Planet:
The Svart hotel uses 85% less energy compared to a standard, modern hotel but with the help of its own solar power, will actually produce more energy than it uses. This point is key to building the hotel in the planned site; at the foot of the Svartisen glacier in northern Norway.
Svart extends in a circle from the shoreline, giving guests a panoramic view of the clear waters of Holandsfjorden fjord and the surrounding mountains. In the summer, guests can stroll around the hotel on the boardwalk and in warmer weather they can even kayak underneath the structure.
Norway already has more electric vehicles than any other nation.
Agence France-Presse in The Guardian:
All of Norway’s short-haul airliners should be entirely electric by 2040, the country’s airport operator said on Wednesday, cementing the Nordic nation’s role as a pioneer in the field of electric transport.
Avinor, the public operator of Norwegian airports, “aims to be the first in the world” to make the switch to electric air transport, chief executive Dag Falk-Petersen said.