Electric car caught fire while recharging

A brand-new Polestar electric car caught fire while recharging outside the home of its new owner at Lilleaker in Oslo Saturday night. Police reported flames coming out from under the hood when they arrived at the scene. The owner of the car told police he had just taken delivery four days earlier of his new […]

Car wars continue in Oslo

Oslo’s left-green city government further infuriated resident car-owners this week when it released its proposed city budget for next year. Not only is more street parking disappearing, the city is raising resident parking fees by 50 percent. The city has for years been phasing in what’s called beboerparkering, a system in which residents get preferential […]

Long lines to recharge car batteries

When Norwegians hit the road this summer during Corona-induced holidays in the homeland, many of them were driving their electric cars. Many of them also found themselves stuck in line lines waiting to recharge their cars’ batteries. A new survey by the electric car association in Norway, where electric cars are common, found that fully […]

Electric cars now hit with parking fees

After enjoying literally a free ride for years, owners of electric cars started having to pay parking fees from March 1 in Oslo just like all others. They are, however, much lower than those for “fossil” cars. “Electric car sales hit steadily new heights in Oslo, and it should pay off to choose an elbil […]

Labour calls for new electric car tax

Norway has long promoted the sale of electric cars with lots of tax incentives. Now the Labour Party thinks wealthy buyers who’ve latched on to the most expensive electric car (el-bil) models have enjoyed enough tax advantages, and wants to impose new taxes on those costing more than NOK 600,000 (USD 67,000). That would boost […]

Electric cars claim more than half the market

Electric car sales in Norway accounted for 58.4 percent of the market in March, thus claiming more than half of all car sales for the first time ever. Norway has long led the pack in so-called el-bil popularity but now the numbers are being branded as “historic.” Major tax incentives have been behind the acceleration […]

Gasoline, diesel sales dive

Sales of both gasoline (petrol) and diesel fell 28 percent last year in the western neighbourhoods of Oslo, and 16 percent in suburban Asker and Bærum. The sharp decline is linked to an even sharper rise in sales of electric cars. Electric cars of all types are driving the car market at present, and driving […]

Electric car sales reach new heights

Nearly every third car sold in Norway last year was a zero-emission vehicle, with sales of electric cars shooting up by another 40 percent over 2017. More than 35,000 Norwegians are also on waiting lists to buy electric cars called elbiler, meaning that 2019 is expected to be another banner year. “The development is going […]

Electric ‘city cars’ getting ready to roll

Scores of identical small electric cars have been neatly parked for the past week or so on property owned by state railway NSB in Oslo. They’re ready to be shared among Oslo residents who’ll soon be able to borrow them when needed, as NSB breaks into a new market that can compete with taxis and discourage […]

Electric car owners start losing benefits

Owners of electric cars in Norway, and especially in the capital, have enjoyed lots of benefits meant to encourage their purchase. Many are starting to lose their exemption from road tolls and now the City of Oslo intends to demand payment for using recharging stations that have been free. The cars called elbiler have been […]