• Oslo street scene: Nissan Leaf, Volkswagen e-Golf, Tesla Model S, July 2015

    With yesterday's release of final EPA rules for reducing carbon emissions from power plants, the stage is set for a major battle over how--and even whether--any carbon emissions in the U.S. may be limited. Meanwhile, there's Norway. As Ola Elvestuen, a member of Parliament there as well as Chair of the Standing Committee on Energy and the Environment, told the EV Roadmap 8 conference in Portland last week, the country committed to reducing its carbon emissions and is carrying out a variety of policies to do just that. DON'T MISS: EPA Issues Final Clean Power Plan Rules; Now The Fight Begins...

  • Tesla Model S taxi in Stavanger, Norway  [photo: Andrew Henderson]
    Tesla Model S Electric Car: Simply The World's Coolest Taxi

    What kind of taxis do you ride in? Battered old Crown Vics? High-mileage Toyota Priuses or Ford Escape Hybrids? Our bet is that unless you've recently spent some time in Norway, you haven't ridden in a Tesla taxi. DON'T MISS: Envy The Man Who Owns Seven Tesla Electric Cars (In Norway) Given that...

  • Jens Kratholm with two of his six Tesla Roadsters (via the Tesla Motors blog)
    Envy The Man Who Owns Seven Tesla Electric Cars (In Norway)

    Meet the Norwegian opthalmologist who owns a Tesla Model S and six Roadsters.

  • 2013 Nissan Leaf
    Where Do U.S. Electric Cars Save Money The Quickest?

    Indiana drivers get the quickest returns on electric-car purchases, a new study says.

  • Tesla Roadster, Reva i, & Ford Th!nk electric cars parked at charging station in Oslo, Norway
    One Percent Of Norway's Cars Are Already Plug-In Electrics

    Overshadowed by their spectacular sales success in March, electric vehicles hit a momentous milestone in Norway last month. Fully one percent of Norway's passenger-car fleet now consists of battery electric vehicles. And this isn't a case of rounding up, either – this is a full 1 percent. As...

  • 2014 Tesla Model S
    Tesla Model S Sets Record For Single-Month Sales In Norway

    In the last few years of electric car sales, the only records cars have been breaking are their own. Nissan, for example, has just had its best March ever for Leaf sales. And we know that global electric car sales have doubled each year for the past few years. But now, reports The Wall Street...

  • Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk speaking in Oslo, Norway, on Feb 1, 2014

    Tesla Motors is notoriously stingy with information about its cars and future plans, to the great frustration of news-hungry Model S owners and fans. But in a Q & A session in Norway on February 1, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and the company's CTO JB Straubel revealed several intriguing tidbits about the Model S, the upcoming Model X electric SUV, and the company's planned mass-market Model E sedan. Among the Model X highlights: The Model X will have the same wheelbase as the Model S, and its length will be within 5 cm (about 2 inches). Width will be the same too. The Model X, of course, will be...

  • 2012 Tesla Model S
    Tesla Grapples With Charging-Cable Troubles In Norwegian Cold

    With truly Arctic temperatures hitting the U.S. and Canada over the past month, North Americans probably don't have a great deal of sympathy for their counterparts in Norway as winter finally closes in. But the Norwegian winter is causing plenty of trouble for Tesla Model S owners in the country...

  • Tesla Roadster, Reva i, & Ford Th!nk electric cars parked at charging station in Oslo, Norway
    Norway's Electric Cars: Already Too Popular?

    Norway's electric-car incentives may be victims of their own success.

  • Electric Cars Charging in Norway
    Electric Cars: 12 Percent Of All New-Car Sales In Norway Last Month

    Norway loves electric cars. So much so that last month, over a tenth of all the new cars sold had a plug. When the figure in other countries worldwide is usually in the fractions of a percent range, you'll be aware how significant that number is. According to Opplysningsrådet for...

  • 2013 Nissan Leaf
    Nissan Leaf Bumps Tesla Model S To Top Norway Oct Sales Charts

    For the second month in a row, the best-selling car in Norway is powered by electricity.

  • 2013 Tesla Model S
    Tesla Model S Was Best-Selling Car In Norway For September

    Well, here's a first: The best-selling car in Norway is the Tesla Model S. Not the best-selling electric car. Not the best-selling car with a plug. For the month of September, the Tesla Model S was the best-selling car, period. Silicon Valley startup electric-car maker Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] sold...

  • Tesla Roadster, Reva i, & Ford Th!nk electric cars parked at charging station in Oslo, Norway

    Just last week, Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] opened its first Supercharger fast-charge stations outside the U.S.--in the Scandinavian country of Norway. With just six stations and 46 charging points, 90 percent of Norwegians live within 200 miles of a Supercharger--well within the 265-mile EPA range of a Model S sedan. The first one of those outside the U.S. was sold in Norway too--the country has taken electric cars to its heart. But how long will Norway's electric car momentum last? While the popularity of electric cars is only set to increase over the coming decades--in August, electric cars...

  • Tesla Supercharger fast-charging system for electric cars
    Europe's First Six Tesla Superchargers Now Live In Norway

    The first Tesla Supercharger fast-charging stations are now up and running in Europe's capital for electric cars, Norway. Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] announced via its Twitter feed that 90 percent of Norwegians now live within 200 miles of a Supercharger station--well within the 265-mile range of a...

  • First 2013 Tesla Model S delivered in Europe (Photo: @TeslaMotors on Twitter)
    First 2013 Tesla Model S Delivered Outside North America--In Oslo

    It's been out in the U.S. for over a year now, but today marked the first delivery for a Telsa Model S on European soil. The first 2013 Tesla Model S delivered in Europe rolled out of a Tesla Store in Norwegian capital Oslo, according to the Tesla Motors twitter feed. Norway is Europe's most...

  • Electric Cars Charging in Norway
    How Much Is Norway Paying To Promote Electric Cars?

    With electric cars taking up 3 percent of the market for new car sales in a country of only five million people, Norway is one of the most electric car-friendly countries on the planet. Geographically small enough to minimize range concerns and with huge financial incentives for going electric...

  • Tesla Roadster, Reva i, & Ford Th!nk electric cars parked at charging station in Oslo, Norway
    People Will Buy Electric Cars If They're Cheap, Privileged, And Convenient

    Electric cars may be growing in popularity, but they still make up just a tiny percentage of the U.S. auto market. When will things take off? If sales in Norway are any indication, that will happen when electric vehicles become inexpensive, easy to own, and confer certain privileges. According to...

  • 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid - production model
    Electric Cars: Are They Really A Dire Emissions Threat?

    This seems to be our time for debunking dumb stories about plug-in electric cars. First, we had to educate a Forbes columnist (and oil-industry consultant) about how the auto industry works. Now, it's time to offer some gentle guidance to all those journalists who covered last month's release of a...

  • Nissan Qashqai

    Those of us who follow the world of electric cars are all too aware how difficult it is to start up an electric car company. Even the larger companies like Tesla Motors, Coda Automotive and Fisker Automotive aren't out of the woods just yet, though some are in a better position than others. One company acutely aware of the struggles is AFUTURE, based in Norway. The electric Qashqai Rather than building an electric car from scratch, AFUTURE's plan was to convert an already-popular vehicle in Europe, Nissan's Qashqai. The European equivalent of the Nissan Rogue, the Qashqai is one of Europe's...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf SL
    2012 Nissan Leaf Proves A Big Hit In Norway: Here’s Why

    California and the Pacific Northwest may be the undisputed capital of electric cars in the U.S., but in Europe, that accolade is currently held by Norway. Last week, Nissan Europe announced it had sold 1,000 of its Leaf electric cars in just six months in the nation. In February, Leaf sales...

  • Assembly of Think City electric cars, Elkhart, Indiana, Jan 2011
    Bankrupt Norwegian Electric-Car Maker Think Gets Russian Owner

    Well, it's official: After its fourth bankruptcy in two decades, the Norwegian electric-car maker Think Global has a new owner. As rumored last week, he's lumber baron Boris G. Zingarevich, of St. Petersburg. Zingarevich also happens to be the largest shareholder in Ener1, the lithium-ion cell...

  • Jens Kratholm's Valentine's day gift
    Does YOUR Valentine's Day Gift Plug In? This Tesla Does

    Okay, let's get the schoolyard jokes about buying your female companion a motorised whirring gift for valentine's day. We know you have a much more sophisticated set of tates than that. But how do you buy your partner an exciting, fast, luxurious gift bound to get her blood pumping without...

  • Scorpion hydrogen car
    Hydrogen Refueling Ramps Up In Norway

    A new hydrogen refueling station supplied by the Danish company H2 Logic will be installed just outside Oslo, Norway in summer 2011 as part of Norway’s “hydrogen highway“. Together with another planned Oslo hydrogen station in 2011, this means Norway will have one of the...

  • Venturi Eclectic Concept
    Could Your Car's Tinted Windows Collect Solar Energy?

    Back in the day, having a car with solar panels on it meant you were driving around in something that probably looked as weird as 2006’s Venturi Eclectic concept. However, today, thanks to companies like Norway’s EnSol, virtually any car could be fitted with solar panels and you wouldn’t even...