A recent survey by the Norwegian EV Association, financed by Nordic Energy Research, investigated how people in the Nordic region think about electric vehicles.  It focuses on the potential barriers to widespread EV adoption: what stops someone from purchasing an EV?  The survey indicated that 45 percent of all new car sales in Norway will be battery electric vehicles in 2018, but that the rest of the Nordics are lagging behind.  Price, perceived lack of charging infrastructure and “range anxiety” are among the main barriers for wider adoption.  The results  indicate that predictable and strong political incentives determine the speed of EV-deployment, and without strong incentives EV-deployment is likely to be sluggish.

The final report was published at a press conference during the Nordic EV Summit in Oslo.  A short video about the survey can be viewed below, and a more detailed presentation of the results can be viewed here.