Science | July 24, 2022 4:03 pm

Norwegian EV Drivers Are Driving More Miles Than Their Combustion Vehicle Counterparts

It's encouraging news for EV adoption

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An electric car charges in the car park at the new Tarleton Aldi store on July 22, 2022 in Tarleton, United Kingdom.
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As more and more automakers dedicate more and more of their assembly lines to electric vehicles, many would-be buyers looking to make the leap from internal combustion engines have been asking questions about what they can expect. Having a place to charge their vehicles while on the road — whether it’s in a city or on a road trip — is eminently important. But it’s not the only question that hovers over widespread electric vehicle adoption.

That said, some encouraging data from Norway suggests that — at least in that country — electric vehicle drivers are making the most of their rides of choice. A new Bloomberg article (via Autoblog) offers a deeper look into that data — and explores what it could mean for electric vehicle drivers around the world.

The article cites data to the effect that “battery-electric vehicles now drive more miles annually on average than cars running purely on gasoline or diesel.” And it goes on to note that the average distance that electric vehicles in Norway traveled increased dramatically after the Tesla Model S was first introduced.

There are other implications for this data as well. Advocates of a mileage tax replacing a gas tax, for instance, will find plenty to ponder here, especially if these numbers begin to be replicated around the world. For now, it’s encouraging news for one country that could signal the start of something bigger on a global scale.