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 […]

Tesla flies in repair crews

Business has still been booming for Tesla electric cars in Norway, with the California-based carmaker registering 3,141 new cars in Norway during the first half of this year, according to state motor vehicle authorities. That’s up 85 percent over the same period last year, but problems with many Tesla cars in Norway have forced the […]

Road tolls going up again in Oslo

Drivers of gasoline- and diesel-fueled vehicles recently saw road tolls into Oslo jump to NOK 49 (USD 6.40), and higher if driving in from the west. Now they daily face tolls of as much as NOK 160, while owners of electric cars will be charged for the first time as well, albeit much less. A […]

Tesla recall can hit 11,000 Norwegians

Norway has long been one of the biggest markets for Tesla luxury electric cars, meaning that as many as 11,000 Norwegians are now finding their vehicles subject to recall. At the same time, electric car sales continue to boom in Norway, and even outpaced sales last month of conventional vehicles that use gasoline or diesel. […]

London ‘el-cabs’ gear up for Oslo streets

A specially-designed London taxi made its debut on Oslo’s streets last week and more may be rolled out soon. The new version of the iconic London black cab is electric, features Norwegian components and already has won the interest of at least one local taxi operator. “Norway is an interesting market for us,” Phil Henrick, […]

First electric seaplane may fly this spring

Tomas Brødreskift, a 36-year-old resident of Oslo, is believed to be the first to have built an electric seaplane. The industrial designer hopes it can become an environmentally friendly alternative to other means of transport in Norway, which has a long coastline and a lot of seas. “Just think about a network of efficient and […]

Oslo threatened to ban all ‘fossil’ cars

UPDATED: The City of Oslo, under state orders to beef up plans for cutting emissions in the Norwegian capital, was reportedly considering a ban Thursday morning on all vehicles fueled by both gasoline (petrol) and diesel by 2024. The goal is to improve air quality in the city that’s ringed by hills on three sides, […]

Tesla meets some trouble in Norway

Tesla electric cars remain wildly popular in Norway, not least because of major tax incentives on zero-emission cars in the country, but not all owners are happy. One man who bought a Tesla Model X claims a rear door has suddenly opened when temperatures dipped down to zero, while a group of investors are moving […]

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 […]