While Norway is on a tear to replace its petroleum-powered cars with the electric variety, it may also become the world’s first society to completely electrify.

This could come by 2050, says Energi Norge (Energy Norway), an industry interest organization, of the nation of 5.2 million progressively minded souls.

Central to Norway’s motivation is the imperative of climate change which already is inducing just over one-in-three car sales to be either all-electric or plug-in hybrid.

That’s a 34-times greater rate than the U.S., and the preponderance of plug-in cars on Norway’s roads already makes them a common sighting as they veer toward ubiquity.

While Norway has proposed banning diesel and gas cars by 2025, along with others like Germany which is also pushing its automakers to put promises to electrify into action, the situation in Norway is different.

Unlike larger nations, Norway consumes cars, but has no major producers. It also is small, and has been able to unify the political will so that the yays outweigh the nays on the drive to go electric.

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Couple that with the fact Norway is sitting pretty as an oil producer, and you have the perfect confluence of circumstances to implement a poste haste switchover to EVs and PHEVs, and ultimately fuel cell vehicles as well.

This year Norway bought 16,629 new all-electric cars, 14,004 plug-in hybrids, and about a dozen fuel cell vehicles for 34.2 percent market share. In June plug-in sales reached a record market share of 42.2 percent, and when conventional hybrids are added, the electrified segment achieved a 52.7 percent market share of new car registrations.

So, if one considers the “addiction to oil” the rest of the world is trying to wean itself off of with slow, halting steps, Norway may be likened to a drug dealer that’s repented of its ways and is coming off the stuff ASAP.

Helping the electrification effort go well beyond the transportation sector is also Norway’s already existent renewable energy.

“Our target is for Norway, based on hydro power and better collaboration between businesses and the authorities, to become the world’s first fully electric society by 2050, said Oluf Ulseth of Energi Norge to news agency NTB. “That will enable us to take a leading role in climate work while improving our competitiveness,”

According to a report by Energi Norge, 96 percent of the country’s energy is hydro power, and it has 24 specific proposals to make Norway go 100-percent clean from petroleum.

“Climate change and job losses in the oil industry are two of the biggest challenges facing Norway today. We believe that sustainability has a huge potential to contribute in both of these areas,” Ulseth told the NTB.

The NTB says also the oil and gas industry can cut emissions by plugging into electricity from the mainland.

Norway’s maritime sector is also engaged in the changeover, as are others, and Energi Norge observes over 100 companies are at work in the transition.

Transportation Focus

Ulseth said the hydro reliance provides “a unique opportunity to convert other sectors to electricity and thereby reduce emissions” but as in other nations, the transportation sector is the focus.

Vehicles are a clear and pervasive consumer of petroleum, and while Norway leads with 34.2 percent market share for plug-in cars, that leaves two thirds remaining on the country’s goal to completely ditch the technology inherited from the 20th century.

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“Conversion to electricity is, along with biofuels, the key to making the transport sector emissions free, whether energy is stored in batteries or in the form of hydrogen,” Ulseth said.

The aforementioned political will has provided a generous exemption from the 25-percent VAT tax on most other purchases in Norway. Couple that with free charging, free tolls, free access to bus lanes, and more, and the carrot-and-stick effect is quite effective to push people already ideologically predisposed toward electrified cars.

This state of affairs of course has not been lost on Tesla, which has planted more Superchargers per million people in Norway than any other country.

Meanwhile other companies, including the large industrial power that is Germany’s auto industry along with others are waking up to lumber into the fray this decade, and next decade is projected to see synergies really take off.

These are expected to help the domino effect leading toward Norway’s hope of being the world’s first microcosm of a completely electric society.