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pmurray63
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 12:53:09 AM

For two months in a row, the top-selling car in Norway has been an electric car. (Yes, the #1 best-selling car of any kind was an electric car in both September and October.) Interestingly, it wasn’t the same car. In September, it was the Tesla Model S that led Norwegian auto sales. In October, it was the Nissan Leaf.

Now, there’s a lot of speculation about why Norway is kicking serious ass in electric car sales. Some people think it’s “this,” some think it’s “that,” etc, etc. But can anyone say what it really is?
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S8_GTS1000
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2013 2:44:04 AM

They're great if:
•You ignore the energy that goes into producing them,
•The scarcity of the rare earth metals that are being diverted to them,
•& the fact that drivers are selfishly shipping their pollution away from themselves--to where the electricity is generated.
millerin
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Message Posted: Dec 2, 2013 7:23:14 AM

good for them!
gs7101
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Message Posted: Dec 2, 2013 5:43:39 AM

This poster will never own an electric car.
kgbellman
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Message Posted: Dec 2, 2013 1:38:01 AM

repeat
mattpolska
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 11:40:20 PM

Makes sense to me Norway is a oil rich country, and most of the uneducated folk in the United states think it's because gas is expensive. Well Europeans subsidize university with those taxes so usually your courses are free but you wouldn't know that.
Yooperheart
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 6:31:59 PM

Small country, short drives.
WestDriver
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 5:28:34 PM

How do they make their electricity?
teafortwo
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 4:00:27 PM


What a concept.

A country in favor of a cleaner and healthier place to live?
madison8359
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 2:32:52 PM

They are kicking the oil addiction for electricity.
bwatchingu
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 1:18:51 PM

Glad to see that Government Motors was not at the top.
orphancarguyPE
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 1:12:25 PM

My local gasoline in my snowy little part of east coast Canada for my penny pinching Toyota hybrid is $1.31 a litre, and the diesel for my penny pinching VW diesel is $1.48 a litre so over $4.94 and over $5.61 a US sized gallon.

So, an electric car (free charging, supplied by excess wind turbine electricity) is looking pretty good to me. Especially since I have to fill up both cars today.

[Edited by: orphancarguyPE at 12/1/2013 1:13:09 PM EST]
TXRanger09
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 12:14:56 PM

2.05 euros for one liter of gas. (November price.) (USD = $1.36) x 2.05 = $2.78 per liter. 3.75 liters per gallon. $2.78 x 3.75 = $10.43 per gallon. I may have discovered a 5th reason!
jimgraham
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 11:48:38 AM

To me, that is rather surprising. Would never have picked them out of a list of adopters!

The other surprise - The "high end" car and the "low end" car were the best sellers. The middle must have no representation in the market or the market is very polarized.
mastermariner
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 11:42:46 AM

If you have been to Norway and filled up with guess you would know the reason
mst150
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 11:28:31 AM

Ok
Norm10
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 11:24:21 AM

Electric cars would be very popular in small countries with lots of rich people and few roads!
BobBG
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 11:22:39 AM

Interesting what public policy can do to move driving habits and purchases.
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 10:04:55 AM

Electric cars are fine for folks who live in town.
pscamp
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 9:25:57 AM

Interesting
zuess28
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 9:23:19 AM

Norwegians are rich.
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 9:03:02 AM

good for them.
sm5240
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 8:53:34 AM

No sales and Vat tax is a huge subsidy.
BM4225
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 8:42:20 AM

They sure get a lot of perks for owning an electric car over there.
slgas
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 8:39:16 AM

Understandable given the high cost of gasoline over there.
rrs517
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 8:38:59 AM

Electric cars are not economically feasible without government (you and I are paying for this) subsidies
zbluesca
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 8:38:22 AM

Good for norway
toolman3md
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 8:37:48 AM

Not for me.
Marson
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 8:37:30 AM

Interesting article. It appears that sales in Europe are driven in part by the high cost of gasoline and diesel fuel due to taxes. When I analyze the total cost to drive an eclectic car as compared to $4 gasoline is is not quite there. However at $10 gasoline it is a big winner. Either gas prices need to rise or electric car prices have to go down here to significantly accelerate sales.
csblesson
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 8:35:45 AM

Scandinavian countries are great
nb52
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 8:35:24 AM

Good for Norway.
tarheelcoastie
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 8:33:31 AM

Good for them. It is good to see a society open minded to accept better options and alternatives.
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 8:33:30 AM

Good for them. Also, more than half of their electricity is generated by non-fossil fuel means so more e-vehicles will not add appreciably to the carbon emissions. The biggest problem, in my opinion, is the distance per full charge, the amount of time it takes to recharge, and the number of charging cycles before the onboard batteries need to be replaced. Once those problems are solved and a decent recharging infrastructure is in place people may not mind driving in souped-up golf carts.
bongobro
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 8:33:17 AM

I think we'd change our tune--as Norway seems to--if we had to fill up with $10/gal gasoline. Anyone for $150 fill-ups?
jay93LA
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 8:32:56 AM

make it work for a reasonable price
dvucak
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 8:31:26 AM

It stands to reason, if the gasoline/gallon is $10 in Norway.
OHIO50
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 8:29:58 AM

Really.
skins66
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 8:29:56 AM

Good! Have a lot of power cords running from homes, do we?
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 8:29:24 AM

Seems all government based - high taxes on gas or diesel cars, incentives for EVs - free parking, access to bus lanes, all government controlled.
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 8:29:24 AM

Good for them.
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 8:28:52 AM

Cool
sunshine68
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 8:28:41 AM

Good for them.
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 8:28:32 AM

good for them.
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 8:28:28 AM

Keep us Posted on Norway news
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 8:27:57 AM

Great, they must all live close together and their electricity is cheap
dc1552
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 8:27:50 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 8:27:22 AM

Ok
hawkman1950
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 8:27:04 AM

Not for me.
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 8:27:02 AM

I wish they wouldn't tax any auto in the U.S. No sales tax no fees; then the auto industry would really boom.
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 8:26:30 AM

This story made no sense to me until I found out that this swing has vothing to do with alternate energy at all.
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 8:26:27 AM

Ok
BAN_e10_GAS
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 8:25:38 AM

Electric cars are OK if you never have to go anywhere. Up until about 100 years ago, most people never lived more than 25 miles from where they were born. Some people still accomplish this. BUT, some don't. Between Thanksgiving, grandkids birthdays, work, and a couple of personal situations, I managed to drive over 5,000 miles in November. How long will it take to recharge an electric car to drive that far?
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