Why Norway is full of Teslas

Why Norway is full of Teslas

There are Teslas everywhere in this
city. Up until today I’d seen a total of about five Teslas my entire life. And three of those five were behind glass cases in luxury malls. I’ve been in Oslo
for like a couple of hours and I’ve seen like 50 Teslas. There’s one right there. They’re beautiful, they’re sleek, they are efficient, they’re fast and they’re
$70,000. Here comes another one up the road. Oh yeah. 100% electricity, no gas, and it
can go from like zero to 100 kilometers in like five seconds. I have no idea, I’m not
a car person, so I don’t know if that’s right. Here in Norway in 2014,
Tesla actually broke a record for number of cars sold in a month for a single
model, of any kind of car not just electric cars. And you look around for a
few minutes and you realize it’s not just Teslas. There are electric cars
everywhere. Like, I see electric cars in the United States but nothing like this.
Oh, there’s a Tesla, there’s a Tesla. There it goes. Turns out that Oslo is
actually the epicenter of electric cars generally. You can tell which cars are electric by
their license plate. So this “E” at the beginning determines if it’s electric.
In 2016 in the United States of all the new cars that were purchased about 1% were
electric, more like 0.9%. In Norway it was 29% and that trend is only speeding up:
in January this year the share was like 37% or something of all the cars
purchased being electric. Where on earth have I ended up? I’ve
been kind of wandering around and I feel like I’m about to enter a secret cave.
The real question is can I fly my drone over this amazing waterfall? I’ve never flown
a drone in Norway before so we’ll see how this goes. 99% of Norway’s electricity comes from
hydropower which is like dams. So you have really cheap clean energy that can
be used to power these electric cars. The real core explanation here, the reason why
there are so many Teslas and so many electric cars on the road comes down to
government policy. The government incentivizes very very strongly people
to buy electric cars. This happens in various forms: you get
free parking if you drive an electric car, you get access to the HOV Lane, which
has way less traffic, you don’t have to pay registration fees, you get tax
deductions on your income tax, and perhaps the biggest incentive of all is
on the business side: companies like Tesla don’t ha ve to pay sales tax for
selling here in Norway and so all of this combined makes it actually way way
cheaper for someone to buy a Tesla here in Norway than to buy one in the United
States. Well it’s been fun exploring this random
little area I think the big takeaway from this whole entire journey so far is
even thugz cry. So just remember: even thugz cry. Alright, this is perhaps my favorite sight so far. There are 2,000 of these charging stations here in Oslo. Excuse me can I ask you a couple, I’m so
curious about – can I record it? Yeah, of course. So it’s it’s all free. It’s free? Yeah, it’s free. This is what you get from buying an
electric car. You get free charging and you can go in and out of Oslo without
paying for the “bompenger” (toll). All of these subsidies we’re talking about that,
help fund these electric cars are funded by what’s called sovereign wealth fund.
It’s this huge fund that Norway has it’s worth almost a trillion dollars. The
government owns it it’s basically their rainy day fund and this is what they use
to fund the subsidies. The sovereign wealth fund in Norway is comprised
almost entirely of oil money, oil and gas money, fossil fuels. Norway’s a huge
producer of oil and gas and they sell that to other countries and reap the
benefits in terms of revenue and put that into the sovereign wealth fund
which then gets funneled into subsidies for electric cars. So they’re not burning
the oil here and releasing carbon into the atmosphere but they’re sending off
to go be burned somewhere else. I asked my friend Tor what he thinks about this.
Tor, what do you feel about Norway being this green sustainable society, but
really depending at the end of the day on fossil fuels in order to make that
happen? Is that a tension within the Norwegian
psyche? So I think the way we resolve it is basically that the world needs oil.
It needs, you know there’s a lot of countries are developing: China, India,
that will always need energy and we would argue that we extract it more
greenly than other countries. We’re buying good conscience for
sure yeah but like it’s better than doing anything. We’re fully aware that
there’s like green shift we’re talking about is funded by you know oil money.
The irony is not lost on us in any way. So I think Tor is right — I think that the
fact that Norway is exporting its carbon footprint to other countries, it doesn’t
cancel out all of the wonderful progressive green things that they’re
doing here. This is a story about incentives and green infrastructure and a green society but it’s also a story about how fossil fuels continue to make
the world go round. I am tired and jet-lagged and haven’t
slept in like twenty three hours. I’m gonna go to bed. It was a fun day chasing Teslas. Tomorrow, we go to the North Pole.

100 thoughts on “Why Norway is full of Teslas

  1. Hey everyone: this dispatch video is part of the Vox Borders project. I'm visiting six places around the world to investigate the human impact of borders, and those six videos will be released in fall 2017. In the meantime I'm making these vlog style shorts.

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  2. Why Teslas? Do you know how much pollution goes into the manufacture of those cars? And then, what about shipping? Do they use electric boats? And what about Norway building their own cars…electric only or better' Water. Yes Hydogen folks. China is currently leading the way in this field. Go figure Norway…

  3. I’m from Norway. I have a fulltime job. Driving a 35 year old volvo, and can barely afford rent

  4. Ppl living near swedens boarder usually works here in sweden n take make like 2x more than other ppl in norway.. N why would u guys care? xD

  5. 5:09 For anyone who is watching now.
    Norway is now refusing to allow oil drills in certain places, they are quickly decreasing the amount of oil they:
    1. Use
    2. Sell
    It is aiming to now make places getting forced to use electric and zero emission.
    Norway is doing good.

  6. Norway is one of the richest country that are smart enough to change their socity to electricity cars, luv it

  7. A point that is usually missed in the environmental discussion is that the use of fossil fuel is degenerative while the use of electric vehicles is not regenerative. Nothing is offset here. It only pauses or slows down the degeneration.

  8. Yeah sure, electrical cars are good. But the production and the part when you have to tear them down is very polluting.

  9. What a brilliant country. I've visited before and from listening to their English you would think they were born in the States. Wish US citizens had higher standards for education like them

  10. Yo, that's sad. I've seen 8 Tesla's, 6 Porsches (Including my Uncle's) and 5 Mustangs (Half were Ford Mustangs)

    You expect me to be kidding?

  11. Watching Americans talk about electrical cars like its their goal to own one when you live in a third world country where airbags are a luxury is just amazing.

  12. Seeing all these comments on how rich the Norwegians are and on how great it is to live here. Yeah I feel like I been trapped in the Great Gatsby novel my whole life, in this country I can't afford. Still I'm told it's better than anywhere else, so I guess it is

  13. Switzerland is according to U.S. News & World Report the best country in the world. Norway is only number 9

  14. use renewable energy without selling fossil fuel to fuel your renewable doesn't sound right to me. We got a long way to go.look at Germany… They pay the highest rates.

  15. due to lower taxes. and the state supports them with large amounts of money. after a few years of use, they sell for a profit.

  16. Its is beacuse in Oslo and other places in norway, guys are driving very fast on places there it is not so many houses.

  17. why is the Tesla at 0:37 making so much noise? its electric, its meant to be silent. Like in every car video, a tesla is silent no noise cos is runs on electricity.

  18. There just like Venezuela depends on oil but the only difference is that they give the money back to the people while venezuela government keeps it for there selves 🤦🏾‍♂️🤦🏾‍♂️

  19. 99% of Norway's electricity is from renewable energy sources like dams. it's a quote from this video. how come conclusion is is still about fossil fuels make world go turn around?

  20. I have a tesla and i live in Norway i wish i had a tesla in a country where it's a little special to have a tesla at this point evrybody has it

  21. Using fossil fuel to drive a green future. What a beautiful idea. If only the leaders of other fossil producing countries had half a brain, (ok, in the US currently –2019– the leader has only 2 brain cells; but that's another topic altogether) they would all do the same.

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