New car sales shift into high gear

A total of 158,650 new cars were registered in Norway last year, making 2017 an historic year for sales. Only twice before have more cars been sold, in the boom years of 1985 and 1986. The increase amounted to 2.6 percent over 2016 and indicates the resurgence of the Norwegian economy after the oil price […]

New electric plane cleared for takeoff

Norway is taking its electrification of the transport sector to new heights. The state agency in charge of Norwegian airports, Avinor, has teamed up with the country’s recreational aviators’ federation (Norges luftsportsforbund) to buy the country’s first electric plane, with a goal of offering electrified airline service by 2025. “The arrival of el-fly (electric aircraft) […]

First electric bus ready to roll

Oslo’s first all-electric bus is now being readied for some test runs between Mortensrud on the east side of the Norwegian capital and Vika near the western harbour area. Norway has long been a world leader in electric car use, and now that’s spreading to the public transport sector. Website VårtOslo (Our Oslo) reports that […]

New ‘Tesla tax’ gears up the opposition

After promising that electric cars would retain all their tax advantages in the new state budget, the Norwegian government has charged up opposition over a reported proposal to impose a new one-time tax that seems tailor-made for those buying popular, high-end Teslas. One of the government’s own former support parties, which it still needs to […]

Climate deal struck with California

The Norwegian government is joining California’s battle against the climate policies of US President Donald Trump. While Trump wants to pull the US out of the UN’s landmark agreement in Paris to cut carbon emissions, California is intent on meeting or exceeding goals or emission cuts, and Norway can help the huge state electrify transport. […]

Norway shifts to automatic gear

There’s a quiet automobile revolution going on in Norway that will likely make life a lot easier for visitors renting cars who never learned how to drive with a clutch and manually shift gears. More and more new cars are now being sold with automatic, prompting industry experts to predict that manual transmissions will disappear over the […]

Oslo to test driverless transport service

Norwegian officials plan to introduce some boxy-looking electric vehicles next summer that will drive themselves where passengers want to go. They’re set to be tested by Ruter, Oslo’s public transport agency. A prototype of such vehicles, already being tested abroad, was in Norway earlier this year and clearly made an impression as it drove a […]

Police nab cheaters in the bus lane

Police in Oslo and Bærum have started cracking down on motorists who use the right-hand lanes of main thoroughfares that are reserved for buses, taxis and electric cars with more than one occupant. Police caught around 30 cheaters in less than an hour on the E18 highway at Sandvika. One man was actually caught with […]

Conflicts of interest ram Center Party

Ola Borten Moe is a former Oil & Energy Minister for the Center Party who now leads its program committee heading into the next national election. He’s also attracting questions of conflicts of interest, since he’s gone into the oil business himself while also seeking benefits for small oil companies like his own and calling for cuts in […]

Tesla settlement satisfied owners

Christmas came early to buyers of popular Tesla electric cars who didn’t think they had as much acceleration as promised. Instead of spending this week in court, after suing Tesla, they’ve settled the matter in return for cash payouts or a variety of other compensation packages. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) was the first to report that […]