EV charging on the streets of Oslo, Norway / Getty Images

Around the world, calls for an electrified makeover of the automotive sector have increased in volume and, in response, a number of markets have revealed plans to “ban” gas-powered vehicles in the coming years. Norway is no exception, with a previously announced plan for each new car on the road to be all-electric by 2025. And, guest what? They might achieve that goal even earlier than anticipated.

In fact, Norway is currently the gold standard for EV adoption; at the end of 2021, an impressive 64.5 per cent of all cars sold were EVs, compared with 52 per cent in Q1 of 2021. Now, Norway’s Road Traffic Information Council (OFV) announced that 82.9 per cent of all new cars registered in between January and March 2022 were all-electric. Per capita, Norway is currently the leading market for EV adoption.

“Most people want an electric car, and this year the trend is clearer than ever,” shared the OFV. “In total, the number of first-time registered new passenger cars in the first quarter decreased by 10.9 per cent compared with 2021. Of 32,342 new passenger cars in the first quarter, 26,800 are electric cars. This is a record high share of 82.9 percent.”

When looking at the automakers leading the EV charge, Tesla reigns supreme with a 30 per cent new car market share in March, thanks to the Model Y and Model 3. Volkswagen follows suit with a 6.8 per cent market share with credit to the ID.4, and the Audi Q4 e-tron takes fourth place with 4.1 per cent. Notably, the sale of gas-powered vehicles in Norway is on pace to be near zero within the next three years.

According to a report by IHS Markit titled Automotive Insights, Canada’s ZEV adoption rate in 2021 was 5.6 per cent, which included BEVs and PHEVs.

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